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Di Resta jubilant with 'massive' sixth place

Force India's Paul di Resta made a two-stop strategy work where others couldn't in Bahrain, and he was jubilant with his reward of sixth place.
For just a few minutes during the Bahrain Grand Prix, the race leader wasn't world champion Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull - but instead, Paul di Resta in the Sahara Force India car.

That was because di Resta was making an extended first run on soft tyres that went well beyond what the other top teams were able to manage. Although Sebastian Vettel soon reclaimed the lead of the race and went on to victory, di Resta kept working at his two-stop strategy and pulled off an impressive sixth place of his own.

"The result today is massive for us," said the delighted Scot. "The team did an amazing job all weekend, the strategy came together and the pit-stops were perfect. We knew it would be a big ask to make only two stops."

It was almost a case of ignorance is bliss: the team dropped out of second practice on Friday after team members were witness to a civil unrest incident on the way back to their hotel on Wednesday, and that left them without a full set of data to analyse about tyre degradation.

It left them emboldened to put di Resta out on a two-stopper to see what would happen - and it worked, where others (such as Sauber with Kamui Kobayashi) fell short and paid the price.

The tyres were on their last legs by the end, naturally, and that meant di Resta was involved in the most thrilling finish of the day battling to keep sixth place from Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

"My tyres completely went away on the final lap," he said. "I had Fernando very close behind me, but I saved a bit of KERS coming out of the final corner and managed to stay ahead.

"The car has been awesome," added di Resta. "We go away from here as a very happy team with a few weeks to reflect on things and determined to arrive in Barcelona in fighting form."

There was less to cheer about for his team mate Nico Hulkenberg, who battled long and hard but failed to make it into the points by the end, finishing in 12th place.




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Fred - Unregistered

April 22, 2012 9:56 PM

If Schumacher retires at the end of this year, it's not unrealistic for Di Resta to be at Mercedes in 2013. By then i'd imagine they have a race winning car.

Buzz45 - Unregistered

April 22, 2012 9:29 PM

@ George I agree with everything you say except I can't see Alonso having Lulu in the same team again after he was humiliated by him at MacLaren. I'm glad to see all the posts so far recognise Pauls talent and maturity.



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