Di Resta: We must concentrate on ourselves
16 May 2013 – Force India driver Paul di Resta says it is crucial that his team remains focused on itself as the 2013 Formula 1 season progresses, the Scot eager to avoid constant comparisons with McLaren despite sitting ahead in the Constructors' standings.
Di Resta, who outpaced Jenson Button and Sergio Pérez in Barcelona last time out, reckons Force India has to "concentrate on our own job" while remaining realistic about its long-term pecking order position, which he believes will be similar to 2012.
"They [McLaren] did well in qualifying, although in the race fortunately we got the better of them," explained the 27-year-old. "I think we were a little bit quicker towards the mid part of the race, and that makes a difference. But we have to concentrate on our own job and realistically we need to keep our eye on all the teams around us. We are still fighting Sauber and Williams, while Toro Rosso are the ones who have moved on this year with some strong races."
Of his chances in Monaco, di Resta added: "It was a place that was rewarding for us last year. We’ll try and go there and obviously score points like we did last year. With a bit of luck you’ll see more pit stops – I think that’s what Monaco was missing last year – a bit of strategy. It was a one-stop for most cars and I think that probably was the best thing. You can defend, but if the tyres drop off too much, I don’t think you can."
Ahead of next weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, Force India sits fifth in the Constructors' championship on a total of 32 points, three ahead of nearest competitors McLaren.