The Scot missed out on completing some longer runs towards the end of the session – which he described as “unfortunate.” Di Resta admitted that the team took a more cautious approach during FP1 but he felt comfortable in the damp conditions.
Speaking in a team statement, he said: “We were quite cautious with the wet weather this morning and we only fitted the dry tyres for the last few minutes of the session. Before that I had a good run on the intermediates and felt happy with the performance – probably the most comfortable I’ve felt on the intermediates this year.”
He added that “overall we didn’t look too bad in the damp conditions,” and that the afternoon was “a case of getting through the dry tyre programme and trying to find the right car balance.”
Force India are celebrating their 100th grand prix start this weekend after making their sporting debut in 2008.
Team-mate Adrian Sutil had a much more straight forward Friday on track and felt that “the car was quick in both sessions” with their contrasting track conditions. He admitted that “The wet morning gave us a chance to improve our performance on intermediates and the car felt good. In the dry this afternoon the main issue was warming up the front tyres, especially the medium tyres.”
He added that “On the supersofts there was much better grip and the long runs seemed quite competitive so it feels as though we are at our usual level here. Tonight we just need to work on making the car more consistent.”
Sutil finished the opening session of the race weekend in 14th place before progressing to eighth in FP2. In contrast Di Resta topped the first session after capitalising on the evolving track conditions with a late lap but his electrical issues dropped him to 13th in the afternoon.
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