We need a clearer weekend, says di Resta
17 April 2013 – Paul di Resta is hoping for a much smoother weekend as the Formula 1 fraternity arrives in the Gulf State of Bahrain, with the Force India driver suffering a variety of setbacks en route to his eventual eighth place finish in the Chinese Grand Prix.
Di Resta missed out on meaningful running in the final Shanghai practice session due to a component issue and was narrowly eliminated from the second qualifying phase later in the day, something he is eager to avoid at Sakhir this weekend.
"We need a clearer weekend; we don’t need things to go wrong, as they did in FP3 in China," said di Resta, who made contact with team-mate Adrian Sutil early in the race. "It lost us a session, lost us a few hundredths, and that would have made the difference to put us out of position in qualifying to have an easier first lap. So that will be the plan; be more consistent."
Di Resta is also drawing confidence from this weekend's Pirelli tyre allocation, with the Hard and Medium compounds being supplied by the manufacturer for the event.
"Last year the car worked well in Bahrain, which gives us confidence," he said. "We’ve got a few things to understand and I think we can go forward a bit more. We’re back to the Medium and Hard, the same as we had in Malaysia, where we were strong."