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Di Resta left disappointed

13 October 2012

Paul di Resta said he was disappointed at only qualifying in 14th spot for the Korean Grand Prix after suffering with traffic during the session in Yeongam.

The Scot had hoped to challenge for a place in the third stage of qualifying but was instead left frustrated when traffic on his quickest lap cost him vital time and meant he fell at the second stage of the session.

“The car was capable of Q3 today but once again my lap in Q2 was compromised by traffic,” he said. “There were some cars backing off in the last three corners and that cost me those crucial tenths I needed to make Q3. So I'm a little bit disappointed because I didn't get the most from the session.

“We are out of position on the grid, but there's still all to play for in the race because the car was very strong yesterday during the long runs and we can be confident going into the race.”

Team-mate Nico Hulkenberg also endured a difficult qualifying session but the German was able to make it through to Q3 and secured eighth on the grid.

“It was not an easy qualifying session, but in the end everything went to plan,” he said. “I did struggle in Q1 and Q2, and I've been fighting some understeer in the car all weekend, especially through the first sector. We never really managed to dial it out of the car, but it didn't hurt us too much because I was able to pull together two good laps and that was enough to get me up to eighth.

“The times were very close and I think it will be the same tomorrow, but our long-run performance looks competitive so I think we can definitely race the people around us and come away with points.”


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