Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil shared their disappointment after scoring Force India’s second consecutive race outside of the points. Both drivers struggled with the Pirelli tyres, di Resta losing out in the final stint with worn rubber and Sutil failing to get the performance out of his tyre compounds.
Finish in 11th and 14th was a far cry from their early season and both drivers were left deflated by their Japanese Grand Prix result. Paul di Resta was on course for a points finish before he was hit by tyre problems and he dropped behind the battling Jenson Button and Felipe Massa.
Explaining the race from his perspective he said: “At the start of the race I didn’t get a good launch and a few cars came by me, and then we lost out at the first pit stop because the Williams of Bottas jumped us. That compromised the second stint, which is why we went very aggressive with an early second stop to get track position and move ahead of the Williams.”
After a tough middle stint he felt that the car performed well in the closing stages before the tyres eventually gave up: “The car felt better for the final stint and it looked like we were on course for a point. In the end we were about five laps too short with the tyre life because I couldn’t defend from Jenson [Button].”
Force India head to their home race in India off the back of a terrible run of races. The Scottish driver is hoping that they can get back into the points on home turf: “With four races to go we need to take the positives from this weekend and will travel to India determined to get back in the points.”
Team-mate Adrian Sutil described his race as a “tough” one after starting from 22nd and last on the grid. He made a storming start to move up to 16th place on the first lap but failed to make progress thereafter: “It’s been a very tough weekend and starting from the back of the grid made it difficult to get close to the points. In the end I finished P14 and had some good battles, but there was a lot of oversteer in the car and it was not easy to be consistent.”
He added: “The best part of the race was the start because I moved up to P16, but we just didn’t have the race pace we needed today and couldn’t get the performance from the tyres.”
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