Paul di Resta is 'optimistic' he has a 'good chance' of picking up points in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and has said he is 'pretty satisfied' with how he went in qualifying.

The Briton missed out on making it through to the top-ten shootout by just a few tenths of a second and qualified twelfth in his Force India, between the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso in P11 and Jenson Button's McLaren in P13. However he will line-up in eleventh place on the grid after Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus was excluded from qualifying after the car failed a front floor deflection test.

"I am pretty satisfied with P12, which puts us in a reasonable position for tomorrow [Sunday]. I'm feeling good in the car, which has worked well all weekend. For tomorrow I'm optimistic that we can be up there with a good chance of picking up some points," said di Resta. "The car is responding well and I also think we are more suited to the race than qualifying.

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"There's a long race ahead of us, but we will work hard to put together a good strategy tonight and try to push our way forward in the race."

Team-mate Adrian Sutil meanwhile had a more frustrating time and was eliminated in Q1. He will start 17th and conceded he just hasn't found a set-up that will allow him to push as he wants.

"I've not been feeling comfortable with the car this weekend. The practice sessions have not been easy and I just can't find a balance that is working for me," the German complained. "It started in second practice yesterday [Friday] when we had the issue with the brakes and since then I've been struggling.

"We made some changes before qualifying, which were an improvement, but it was not enough to progress to Q2. So we are disappointed, but it's the result of things not coming together for us."

"It's a long and tough race here, but I still look forward to it and will try my best to improve our performance," he vowed.