Force India's Paul di Resta has said it was 'a bit gutting' to miss out on points in the German Grand Prix.
The Scot was gunning for his seventh top-ten finish in a row – and his eighth of F1 2013 – at the Nurburgring, however, he never really got the car to his liking and in the end wound up in eleventh place, 3.9 seconds off Nico Hulkenberg's Sauber in P10 at the chequered flag.
“It's not been the easiest of weekends, but in the final part of the race it looked like we were on course to score some points. In the end we just ran out of tyres during the last couple of laps, but it was always going to be risky with our two-stop strategy, especially as we had to pit under the safety car,” di Resta explained.
“There were times in the race when the car was working well, but I really struggled with the first set of mediums and was not happy with the balance. Things improved quite a bit for the final stint, but by then we were out of position.
“[Overall] it's a bit gutting to miss out on points so we need to unleash our potential and get back to our usual form in Hungary.”
Team-mate Adrian Sutil
also failed to score in the sister car and he finished where he started in 13th - not the result he was after in front of his home fans and after three points finishes in succession.
“It turned out to be quite a disappointing race and for whatever reason we've just not had the pace this weekend,” Sutil lamented. “I struggled a lot with the tyres and had to convert from a two-stop race to a three-stop race, which was not our plan. I also lost some time at my final pit stop and after that the points were just too far away.”
Force India deputy team principal, Robert Fernley meanwhile agreed it was a bad weekend, especially as McLaren
did well and now close to within 10 points in the battle for fifth place in the Constructors'.
“It's disappointing to end our run of points finishes,” Fernley commented, “but Paul came very close to picking up the final point. Ultimately his two-stop strategy wasn't quite enough to fend off our competitors in the final few laps, but we came close to pulling it off.
“Adrian's race was also decided by tyre wear because we had to switch him to a three-stop strategy mid-way through the race. Overall we were missing some performance and didn't have the pace to make the strategy work.
“Both Paul and Adrian were unable to pass the Williams
of [Pastor] Maldonado after the safety car, which compromised the strategy.”
“With three weeks until the next race and a young driver test before that, we will work hard though to ensure we can recapture the form we've shown earlier in the season,” Fernley concluded.