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Paul di Resta hopes to start adding to his F1 points tally from this weekend in Hungary
F1 rookie Paul di Resta says he is keen to secure a strong result in the last race before the F1 summer break this weekend in Hungary after admitting that his recent run of luck has been 'a joke'.

The reigning DTM champion started his F1 career with a brace of top ten finishes in Australian and Malaysia but has since hit a wretched run of luck that has left him unable to add to his championship tally.

A number of on-track incidents and a drive-through penalty in Monaco left the Force India driver outside the points and his chance of a top ten finish in the Canadian Grand Prix were ended after contact with Nick Heidfeld led to another drive-through – although he would later retire after clipping the wall.

Having missed out on points in Valencia, di Resta then qualified sixth for his home event at Silverstone only for a pit-stop error from his team to again cost him points, while a spin on the opening lap in Germany after being hit by Nick Heidfeld again saw the Scot denied the chance to add to his tally.

"I'm hoping things will soon start to turn for me," he told the Press Association. "I wouldn't say what's happened to me has been frustrating, it's just more annoying than anything. When things do turn round I'm sure it will be better and then I'll get some momentum.

"I'm not really disappointed about the year because I've had some big highs, and there are still plenty of races to go and plenty of points up for grabs. More importantly we are improving and now starting to fight the teams in front of us in the constructors' championship, and that's a good step given our performance in the last few races.

"I admit I've struggled a little bit to find the exact balance for how I feel comfortable, but with all the things that have happened to me, it's been a joke."

Speaking in Force India'a pre-event preview, di Resta then added that he was keen to head into the summer break on a high, with his focus being on adding to the two points he has scored so far in 2011.

"The Hungaroring is a short track, but it's very demanding on the drivers physically and mentally,” he said. “I suppose it's like a street track in terms of the layout and the number of corners mean the aero performance of the car is very important there. All the corners seem to flow into each other and you need to find a good rhythm.

"I had my first experience of the track last year during free practice. It's not easy to learn much from a handful of laps but I know the layout and main challenges of the track. Because of the tight nature of the lap, it's never been a track where there has been much overtaking, so it will be another good test of the DRS.

"It's the last race before the summer break so it would be good to come away with a strong result.”


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racingbod - Unregistered

July 27, 2011 2:13 PM

I think the three above have been extremely unfair. He's done a great job in his first season. Granted there have been a couple of small errors of judgement as you would expect from a rookie but he was on for solid points in other races only for luck to go against him. All done with very little practice time with FI giving the Hulk a run out. Will score some more points

Boss B - Unregistered

July 27, 2011 3:19 PM

the Hulk alternates between diresta and Sutil's ride. so that's not an excuse. and force india HAS to run nico to remain in favor with mercedes. diresta's rookie form has more to do with his performance. he's forgetting the delicate nature of the car compared to his DTM ride. besides i enjoy watching the hulk. He would have scored more than the 4 points barichello has at williams so far. Nice choice williams. barichello is on his down slope compared to nico who's just getting started. all that spending they did on his GP2 career is out the window for williams.



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