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Di Resta: Silverstone like 'nothing else'
19 June 2013
Paul Di Resta says the track layout at Silverstone is 'like nothing else in the world', as F1 gets set for the British Grand Prix next weekend.
Di Resta has been enjoying his best season to date with Force India, having finished in the points in six of the seven races so far in 2013. The Scot's consistency has also helped Force India gain a strong position in the constructors' championship, where they currently sit above eight time champions McLaren.
Force India have enjoyed little success at the British Grand Prix since their arrival to the F1 grid in 2008, but Di Resta believes the track layout at Silverstone is among the best: “It's the track that makes you really appreciate what a Formula One car is capable of,” he said.
"Especially the aerodynamic grip through the quick corners and the change of direction. Everybody talks about Maggotts and Becketts, and there really is nothing else like them anywhere in the world.
“I also enjoy the new section and every year we go back there it gets better and better. The new layout has definitely created some more overtaking opportunities, especially with the introduction of DRS, so it's been the right move.”
Despite India holding a race event for the past two seasons, Di Resta still believes the British Grand Prix is the main event on the calendar for Force India, and paid tribute to Silverstone's atmosphere: “For me it's the biggest event we go to, especially in terms of support from the British fans, which is always amazing,” he added.
“The atmosphere is electric and I remember last year the drivers' parade was one of the highlights of the year – it really sent a shiver through me because of the reaction we received and the fact that there wasn't a seat left in the place.”
Meanwhile, Marussia driver, Max Chilton will contest his first ever British Grand Prix in F1 and says he cannot wait to get underway: “The first British Grand Prix of my F1 career is going to be incredibly special for me,” Chilton said.
“Every race so far in my debut season has been a fantastic learning experience and I'm sure the same will be true of Silverstone.
“The atmosphere is amazing and there's a sea of Union Jack flags wherever you look around the circuit. It's my home race but also that of the Team, so we'll be looking to do well and put on a good performance in front of the home crowd and so many of our Team Partners. I can't wait."
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