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Fernley backs di Resta after criticism

11 June 2013

Sahara Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley insists that the team can forgive Paul di Resta for his latest outburst during the Montreal weekend, with the anger displayed by the Briton nothing more than a case of him wearing his heart on his sleeve.

Di Resta failed to make it out of Q1 for the second successive race after an issue with his gearbox prevented him from being on track at the key moment during a session hit by changeable weather conditions.

Following the session, di Resta was again critical of the team over the issue but Fernley said his comments were understandable.

"What he said probably came across worse than it actually was,” he told the Press Association. "We don't take offence the way people may think we do because we know him and he is a part of our family.

"With Paul, what you see is what you get. He wears his heart on his sleeve, and when he's not happy, you know he's not happy. But on a day-to-day basis he is a delight to work with, and he's just as hard on himself as he is on anybody else because he's looking for perfection all the time.

"There was a genuine error by the team in the garage that cost him a lap. Unfortunately it was compounded by the fact that on one of the laps on which he was trying to get a time, Rosberg spun in front of him. In his mind, had he had one more lap he would have been okay, but we don't know that. We just have to deal with these things in what were very difficult circumstances."

Di Resta bounced back to finish inside the top ten and picked up more solid points to his championship total, with Fernley saying the team was pleased with the way its driver was performing on track.

"He is driving exceptionally well,” Fernley said. "I watched him on Friday (in practice) and it was an absolute pleasure to see him and the team working together the way they did.

"There were some five-lap runs which were sensational, absolutely sensational. On Saturday we unfortunately took a step back, but in the race we delivered again, so yes, he is really on top of his game at the moment."


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