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Japanese Grand Prix: Di Resta: I’m not in a great place

Paul di Resta says he 'isn't in a great place' but vows to fight back in the final races of the 2013 F1 season
Paul di Resta admits that he 'isn't in a great place' as he seeks to end his barren run of points in this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.

The Force India man crashed out in Korea in what was his fourth successive retirement, while he has now failed to trouble the scorers since taking ninth at Silverstone back in June.

Di Resta's loss of form has proven to be a combination of his own mistakes and Force India's struggles to deal with changes made to the Pirelli tyres on the back of the failures suffered by a number of drivers during the British Grand Prix.

The loss of form comes at a time when the team is evaluating its options of next year, and di Resta admitted he was keen to regroup and end his run of no scores.

"At the end of the day I can deliver when I'm given the tools to deliver,” he told the Press Association. "At the same time, with what has happened over the past few races, where I am at right now is not a great place to be.

"I did have a tremendous run of points before that, but when times are hard, they are hard I suppose. At the moment Adrian and I are being caught out trying to keep up with groups of cars in front, and unfortunately it is proving costly.

"All I can do is regroup and head to Suzuka this weekend and do what I can, do it for the team. I, more than anybody, want to get back on track with the team because they deserve it, so now it's now about digging deep."

The Scot added however that he couldn't do everything on his own and called on the team to help him fight back into contention for top ten finishes.

"I know I can deliver,” he said. “That's not a question. I just need a bit of support from the team to understand how difficult this car is at the moment to get us out of it. They need to work with you to help you do that, and I've 100 per cent belief everybody is trying their hardest.





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Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
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Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
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09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
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Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren MP4-29.
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Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren MP4-29.
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sokudo

October 09, 2013 3:16 PM

Well he is right, the wall is never a good place to be :p In all seriousness though I think his issue is purely mental. He seems a tad on the entitled side, looking to make it up higher on the grid even though his ability doesn't warrant it. Things were going great when the car was good but when the car got a bit worse and required some nous, he has been making mistakes and a lot of them at that. Imo that's a signal that he hasn't yet matured as a driver. Sutil hasn't been that much better though tbf.



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