Di Resta: Fight back a huge credit to team
9 December 2013 – Paul di Resta says Force India's recovery from its mid-season lull was a "huge credit" to everyone involved in the team.
Over the course of the opening eight races, Force India racked up a total of 59 points, but the outfit was dealt a major blow when tyre manufacturer Pirelli introduced structural changes following a series of dramatic blowouts at the British Grand Prix.
With just three points recorded at the next seven events, all appeared to be lost for Vijay Mallya's squad, but a mini resurgence from the Indian Grand Prix ensured that sixth position in the Constructors' standings was ultimately secured.
"There was a point there where we were wondering whether we could salvage our season, but we stuck together and we did it," said di Resta.
"This is a huge credit to everyone within the team. I think every single person kept the faith, even when we were struggling: we were rewarded.
"It's been a joy to actually drive the last few races and actually feel the car being back on song."
Discussing Force India's early-season pace and post-change struggle in greater detail, di Resta added: "The work for 2013 actually started on Friday practice in Brazil last year, when we got the new tyres to test.
"The approach we took was quite clever and this paid off handsomely in the first few races, and paradoxically hampered us when the tyres were suddenly changed after Silverstone.
"By that stage the team had to focus all its development on next year's car to be ready for the big rule changes."