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News - Spanish GP
Paul Di Resta: “We should be in the fight at some point”
11 May 2013
Paul Di Resta will start the Spanish GP from tenth place after another solid performance by Sahara Force India today. At a track which traditionally has not favoured the team, even under previous incarnations, Paul made up for losing track time yesterday by gradually improving the car. Here’s what he had to say after the session.
Q: Is tenth the maximum you could have got out of the car today?
“I think ninth would have been an exceptional job for us. Unfortunately I just don’t think we quite had our car optimised today. We missed a lot of track time yesterday with the new bits. We chose to go with them, and we probably didn’t quite get the car in the right window, which cost us a little bit. We can be happy that we got into Q3. I think it’s the first time the car has been there since 2001 at this track, so it is not what you’d call a strong track for us. I think this race will be mainly dominated by tyre wear, and our car is normally very good at that. Certainly when I see the tyres in parc ferme at the end of qualifying ours look quite healthy.”
Q: Is that 12-year wait another good indicator of how strong the package is this year?
“I think it shows that we aren’t just a fluke, we have a bit more consistency. We know we are not as strong as Bahrain, we know the heat helps us, but this is very much a downforce-dependent track, and I don’t think we’ve quite got that out of the car yet. I think we’ve got a strong race ahead of us. It was a good lap. It really is a bit of a waiting game, but we’ll be doing what we can to move forward.”
Q: Any thoughts on tomorrow?
“At the end of the day it just depends on how many stops people make. We raced Mercedes at the last Grand Prix and we came out in front of them. We’ll wait and see what the others do - I believe that we should be in the fight at some point.”
Q: Do you think you can again do a stop less than some other cars?
“There are possibly some cars that will make more stops, but we won’t know for certain until Sunday. We don’t have any wear rate data on my car because of the tyre issue [on Friday], and we had to stop because it broke the floor at the same time. We’re a bit of a question mark, but in some ways that’s quite nice.”
Q: Do you really think you can race the Mercedes again?
“We raced them at the last Grand Prix and they were on the front row, and we beat them by a comfortable margin. That might be more difficult here. I think you’ve got to be very open, it can change so much.”