Paul di Resta is hoping he can 'carry the speed into tomorrow' after making a strong start to the British Grand Prix weekend.

The Scot ended the first day fourth overall in his Force India, just 0.152 seconds off Sebastian Vettel in third and 0.079 seconds up on Lewis Hamilton in fifth. That left him as the top Brit - and he will now be looking to maintain that form on Saturday and Sunday.

"After such a wet morning it was nice to get a run in the dry this afternoon," said di Resta, who has scored points in six of the seven races so far. "It was pretty productive and the car is working well so hopefully we can carry the speed into tomorrow.

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"We didn't run very much this morning, but with dry conditions expected for the weekend I think we've learned as much as anyone.

"The focus tonight is to keep improving because there's still some more speed in the car. We also need to remember that it's likely to be quite a lot hotter tomorrow so it's hard to predict how that will impact on things."

Adrian Sutil meanwhile also went well in the sister VJM06 and he finished the day eighth, on a 1m 33.313s.

"We looked quite good today," added the German. "There are areas to improve, especially the performance on the medium tyres, but the car is working well on the hard compound.

"I'm happy with the balance so the main thing we need to work on is going through the tyre data because I don't think we need to change too much on the car set-up."