Di Resta satisfied after 'scruffy' race
30 June 2013 – Paul di Resta says he is satisfied with his ninth place finish at the British Grand Prix, the Scot driving a 'scruffy' race to continue a career-best run of six points finishes.
Having started from the back of the grid due to a penalty for fielding an underweight car in qualifying, di Resta's rise through the field was curtailed when he came to blows with the Sauber of Nico Hülkenberg at The Loop, causing front wing damage.
"That wasn’t the cleanest of races for me, but given everything that’s happened this weekend I think we can feel satisfied with two points today," commented di Resta. "It was a bit of a scruffy race because I lost my front wing trying to get ahead of Nico, so we chose to change it when the safety car came out, which probably cost me a couple of positions.
"Towards the end I had fresh tyres, and was closing in on [Daniel] Ricciardo, but I ran out of laps and he was just out of reach. So a weekend of highs and lows, but it’s definitely good to continue our points run and have another double points finish."
Force India team-mate Adrian Sutil briefly looked on course to challenge for the final podium position, but elected to stay out during the final Safety Car period. With less grip than those on new tyres, he dropped back to eventually finish seventh.
"The start of the race was looking very good because we were always planning a two-stop strategy and I was up into fourth on lap one," he explained. "The main problem for me was the second Safety Car, because the cars around me chose to pit. I stayed out and was third at the restart, but the cars behind with fresh rubber had a big advantage and were able to overtake me quite easily in the final few laps."
The German concluded: "It’s disappointing to slip back so close to the finish, but seventh place gives us some good points so we can be happy with the result."