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Di Resta struggling with balance issues
28 October 2012
Despite making up four places on his disappointing qualifying position, Paul di Resta couldn't hide his frustration after not being able to get on top of the handling of the Force India car in time for the team's home race at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida.
"To be honest, I've struggled to find the ideal balance with the car all weekend," said di Resta after finishing in 12th position in the 2012 F1 Indian Grand Prix. "We identified a few issues in the data last night, but they carried over into the race."
Di Resta added that the race had proved to be a "tough afternoon", but despite finishing out of the points he really didn't see where he could have picked up any more speed, time or positions than he did.
"I think that we achieved all we could from the race because I couldn't get any more out of the car today," said the Scot. "I drove as hard as I could and was pushing all the way.
"We were in the hunt battling with Rosberg and Senna, but I didn't really get close enough to challenge them, he added. "I'm pretty sure the team can get on top of [the issues] and be more competitive when we get to Abu Dhabi next week.”
Di Resta's team mate Nico Hulkenberg had a happier time of it, locked into the top ten for almost the entire afternoon on his way to an eighth place finish at the chequered flag.
"I'm very happy with the result today and I think eighth was about the maximum that was possible," he said. "It was a great team performance and I'm feeling satisfied with what we achieved today."
Not that it had been an easy race for him by any means, as Hulkenberg was quick to explain.
"At the start I didn't get the best getaway, but I had a good first lap and was able to overtake Rosberg on the back straight and Maldonado going into turn four," he said. "The middle part of the race was quite lonely for me because I was running in clean air."
That all changed near the end of the race, however: "Grosjean was very close behind me and pushing me hard, but I didn't crack under the pressure, I kept him behind and we made the one-stop strategy work."
Force India team principal Dr Vijay Mallya was particularly grateful to Hulkenberg for bringing home those four points at the line.
"It means we have scored points in the last six races – that's every race since the summer break," he said. "I'm delighted to see Sahara Force India score points at our home race – for the second year in a row."
It also inches the team slightly closer to Sauber and Mercedes ahead of them in the constructors championship standings, after both those teams failed to score any points at all in India.
"These are important points for our fight in the constructors' championship and we will continue to push very hard in the remaining three races," Dr Mallya said. "Overall it's been another great Indian Grand Prix. The circuit is a magnificent venue for motor racing and the Buddh International Circuit has once again delivered a fantastic event which we have all enjoyed immensely."
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