"It wasn't until the third stint that I was in some clean air and the pace of the car was very strong," di Resta noted. "I was pushing all the way and I knew it would be very close after the final stop with Grosjean and Hulkenberg. But the pit crew did a top job; they kept their nerve and we managed to stay ahead of both of them."
In the end di Resta battled through to the line in the points and in eighth place, behind Toro Rosso'a Daniel Ricciardo. Not bad at all, considering that the team had been in high panic 45 minutes before the start of the race with a suspected serious fuel leak on di Resta's car that left them concerned about its reliability in the race.
"A good result in the end and a strong recovery" summed up di Resta of his performance. "If everything had gone to plan I'm sure we could have done an even better job, but it's good to pick up more points and to see our race pace right up there once again."
"It's the first time we've scored points in China so it's good to get that monkey off our back," said Fernley, adding that it was especially good to "see Paul demonstrate the inherent pace of our car" at last.