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Di Resta satisfied with ninth
2 July 2013
Paul di Resta insisted he was satisfied with ninth place in the British Grand Prix, despite his post-qualifying penalty meaning he was unable to build on his impressive Saturday showing.
The Scot had qualified fifth on the grid for Force India's home race but was then demoted to the back of the grid when his car was found to be underweight.
It meant that, for the third successive race, the 27-year-old was forced to fight his way through the pack but despite being forced to replace his front wing during the race, he was able to battle to ninth spot at the finish to maintain his record of scoring points in every race bar Malaysia this year.
“That wasn't the cleanest of races for me, but given everything that's happened this weekend I think we can feel satisfied with two points today,” he said. “It was a bit of a scruffy race because I lost my front wing trying to get ahead of Nico [Hulkenberg], so we chose to change it when the safety car came out, which probably cost me a couple of positions.
“Towards the end of the race I had fresh tyres, and was closing in on Ricciardo, but I ran out of laps and he was just out of reach. So a weekend of highs and lows, but it's definitely good to continue our points run and have another double points finish for the team.”
Team-mate Adrian Sutil meanwhile also picked up points with a solid run to seventh, although he admitted that the deployment of the Safety Car for a second time had hit his strategy.
“The start of the race was looking very good because we were always planning a two-stop strategy and I was up into fourth on lap one,” he said. “It was a challenge to look after the tyres and keep them going, but the main problem for me was the second safety car because the cars around me chose to pit.
“I stayed out and was third at the restart, but the cars behind with fresh rubber had a big advantage and were able to overtake me quite easily in the final few laps. It's disappointing to slip back so close to the finish, but seventh place gives us some good points so we can be happy with the result.”