Despite missing out on points in China and only finishing twelfth, Paul di Resta remains positive.
The Briton managed to score in Australia and Malaysia, but left the Shanghai International Circuit on Sunday having been unable to add to his 10 point tally. While that was the case though, he knows it is currently very tight and with less than 4 seconds separating him from a place in the top-ten, a slight increase in performance could make all the difference.
“It was an extremely close race today and although we were able to keep ourselves in the hunt, we were just missing the pace to catch people and make up any more ground,” di Resta reflected. “So it was a bit like the race in Australia where there were lots of cars running very close to each other and a lot of guys nursing their tyres. I think we made some good calls with the tyres and there were lots of different strategies playing out around us.
“It was also incredibly slippery offline with the marbles making things very tricky. So we go away from here knowing that we are not too far away from the other teams and determined to get the car dialled in nicely for Bahrain this week.”
Force India deputy team principal, Robert Fernley meanwhile concurs that the Silverstone-based outfit is ever so slightly off the pace of the likes of Sauber and Williams.
“We always felt that scoring points in today's race would need an element of luck or attrition, but as it was we saw almost 100 percent reliability. Paul was in the mix for most of the race, fighting to get in the top ten and ending up just under eight seconds from seventh place, and just 22 seconds off second place, which shows how competitive the field was today,” he added.
“Nico [Hulkenberg]'s race [in the sister car] was compromised by a poor getaway and the front wing damage, but we take encouragement from the pace he showed, especially towards the end of the race.
“We know that our race pace relative to our midfield rivals is not too far away and hopefully we can continue to close the performance gap quickly,” Fernley summed-up.