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'There's more to come' promises di Resta after 7th in Spain

Paul di Resta did everything he could to pass Nico Rosberg in the final laps of the Spanish GP but eventually missed out on sixth place by less than a second.
Paul di Resta's battle to steal sixth place from a struggling Nico Rosberg in the pole-winning Mercedes car was one of the highlights of the closing laps of the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday.

"We said before the race that seventh would be a good result and towards the end I was even fighting for sixth," said the Scot. "We can take a lot of positives from the weekend because this is a track that has traditionally not suited our car."

Di Resta twice ran as high as fifth place in Barcelona as he kept himself out of trouble and maintained his focus on the prize of getting the car home in the points for Force India.

“It's rewarding to come away with another seventh place for Paul and maintain our fifth place in the championship," said the team's deputy principal Bob Fernley in Spain. " Paul drove a very strong race and the calls from the pit wall kept him in the battle for sixth with Rosberg right until the last lap."

Di Resta was hopeful that this boded well for Force India as they head on to the next Grand Prix at Monaco in two weeks time.

"The result shows the consistency that we have had since the start of the year and that we can perform each weekend," he said. "There's more to come too, because there is more we can do to optimise the car with the new parts we introduced here, but this is definitely a big result for us."

Di Resta's team mate Adrian Sutil also had a strong run, although he was consigned to 13th place in the final classification after a disastrous early pit stop at the end of lap 8 that saw him motionless outside his garage for 75 seconds before finally being released back into F1 society.

"It was all going to plan until the first pit stop when there was an issue and I lost so much time," signed Sutil. "The team told me to switch the engine off while they sorted the problem, but it cost me the chance of points."

"Bad luck for Adrian, who lost a considerable amount of time during his first pit stop when the right rear wheel nut cross-threaded," explained Fernley. "It was very unfortunate because he had an amazing start, moving up five places on the opening lap.




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deathraceking - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 9:06 PM

I really don't get the hate levelled at PdR. Good luck to him, showing he is a solid points scoring driver. Maybe not world champion material, but deserves where he is and maybe a season in the top flight might fall his way.

Terminator - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 12:30 PM

I really feel for Sutil. The guy has just no luck at all. Malaysia - pit stop wheel nut issue. DNF China - unfortunate victim of Gutierrez missing his braking. DNF. Bahrain - collision with Massa damages car, forces pitstop, costs him 1 minute. Spain - pitstop issue, again lots of time lost, too far behind afterwards. None of this was Sutil's fault. He deserves 30-40 points, instead is stuck with only 6. Hope it evens out for him later.



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