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Di Resta: It was like a victory

Paul di Resta says sixth for Force India in Bahrain was almost like a victory
Paul di Resta insists that his sixth place finish in the Bahrain Grand Prix was almost as good as a victory after the Force India man made a two-stop strategy work in Sakhir.

The Scot had qualified in tenth place for the fourth race of the season, despite missing the second free practice session on Friday after his team elected to sit out the session to allow its team members to leave the circuit and return to their hotel before darkness fell.

That decision came after four team members were caught up in anti-government protests earlier in the week, an incident that resulted in two members of Force India personnel returning home ahead of schedule.

With that in mind, Di Resta said the performance put in by the team was arguably the best he had been involved in.

"It was an outstanding performance by every member of the team this weekend, and under difficult circumstances," Di Resta told the Press Association. "It's been difficult for every team member, but everyone of them has stood up. They played everything right - strategy, pit stops, I worked with my engineer to dial the car in right and the track came to us.

"Sixth position for us is a massive achievement, probably the same for us as Sebastian winning the race given the car we have. Looking at everybody's performance, we've stepped things up, tried to do our best and probably outperformed any performance we've ever had as a team."

Deputy team principal Bob Fernley also said he was proud of the way in which the team had dealt with the situation it found itself in.

"We addressed something, we restructured our programme and we delivered," he said. "I think that goes to show the depth of the team through what has been quite a challenging weekend.

"Paul's result was tremendous. The boys and girls went through a tough few days, but it took all of them to deliver for him."



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David Chaste - Unregistered

April 25, 2012 7:20 AM

Very nice drive indeed. But don't rest on your laurels, Fisichella had a 2nd place at Spa in 2009, Der Mallya is still looking to top that. Besides Mercedes is watching closely for when Schumacher calls it quits, so gotta stay focused.



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