Paul di Resta has stated he is realistically aiming to hold position during tomorrow’s 44-lap Belgian Grand Prix, after the Scotsman narrowly missed out on securing his maiden pole position in the inclement weather conditions. Unfortunately for him and the team, the conditions gradually improved therefore allowing Lewis Hamilton to rise to the top.
Despite the late surge from the likes of Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton, Paul di Resta still managed to qualify 5th for the race which will see him qualify alongside last year’s race winner Jenson Button. The all-important qualifying hour was plagued with inclement weather conditions, which created a topsy-turvy session up and down the paddock. Although Paul di Resta was understandably thrilled with his result in qualifying, the 27-year-old Scotsman fully understands that he’ll unlikely battle with the likes of Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton and will instead by focused on maintaining his position.
“I think that’s unrealistic, I think it’s more about staying in position and loosing as little ground as possible if you’re being realistic about it.” Explained Paul di Resta, when asked about the possibilities of progressing up the order during the race. “Maybe four or five races ago I would’ve said yes we could’ve thought about that, but where we’ve been racing lately I think you’ve just got to take it lap by lap and try to run it as best as you can whilst making the decisions.”
After producing a highly impressive 02:02.332 during the top ten shootout, Paul di Resta looked set on securing his maiden pole as the rest of the field tip-toed around the circuit as the rain intensified. The Scotsman was glad to have avoided the heavier rain, as the Mercedes-powered VJM06 struggled in the wetter conditions. Although Paul di Resta secured a highly competitive qualifying result largely due to the inclement weather conditions, the Force India driver is actually hoping for dry weather conditions for the race.
“When I got out there to the first sector I thought ‘this might be risky’ but by the time we got to sector three I knew the best chance we were going to do was then.” Continued Paul di Resta, “To be fair we had the best conditions and ended up P5, if we were out near the end we would not have probably been there. We struggled a lot during that session and fingers crossed tomorrow it will be dry because the balance was quite strong in Q2 to get us into Q3.”
With Adrian Sutil qualifying 12th on the grid for tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix, Force India will unquestionably be striving to secure a double points finish. However, the weather is forecast to once again be unpredictable, which could either benefit or hinder the Silverstone-based outfit. Back in 1998 the team, then known as Jordan Grand Prix, stormed to their maiden victory at the hands of Damon Hill. A repeat of such successes is highly unlikely for Force India, however the rain at Spa has a way of creating crazy and unforgettable races.
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