The Singtel Singapore Grand Prix saw Sahara Force India struggle once again, as it was another weekend for Paul Di Resta to forget. The Scot hit the wall head-on at turn seven forcing another retirement this season, whereas Adrian Sutil secured the last point up for grabs, where he described the 61-lap event as “a tough race and exhausting in the end.”
The German driver said he was happy that it was good to finish with a point, which bolsters the motivation of the Silverstone-based outfit to push harder, as he felt that there could have been more on the cards if his tyres had not gone off after catching the McLaren duo of Sergio Perez and Jenson Button: “As soon as I reached the back of the train my tyres went off. In fact, we were all struggling with tyres and I couldn’t attack anymore because it felt like driving on ice.”
Di Resta, however, was disconsolate with what happened on a weekend that showed so much promise from the onset, as the Scot said that “even without the safety car we were in good shape, but as a team we made the right calls and were looking to challenge the train of cars ahead of us in the final few laps.”
He was also explaining that the management of the Pirelli P-Zero tyres was at a good level, with race conditions being “very strong” for both cars, but was unsure as to why he hit the barrier: “I’m still not sure what happened, but I took the corner the same way as I had done the previous lap and the car went straight on and wouldn’t stop. The team is investigating what happened.”
MD and Team Principal, Dr. Vijay Mallya says that the two-week break between now and Korea will help the team to “regroup and keep up our fighting spirit.” He also said that there were “mixed feelings” after the race but gave Adrian credit where it was due, even though the fight is still ongoing in the Constructors’ Championship: “On the other hand we missed a golden opportunity to score some big points with Paul, who potentially could have finished in sixth place. His retirement with seven laps to go proved costly and has not helped us in our battle against McLaren. As a team we must focus on the positives of the competitive race pace, good tyre management, and the calls we made with the strategy.”
So Force India look ahead as to what is to come, so as to make good their progress this season, even though the 2014 season cannot come soon enough for many. It is remains to be seen as to whether ‘Lady Luck” will shine on this team once again, or will that be another uphill struggle for all?
Images courtesy of Sahara Force India Formula One Team and Octane Photographic (c)