Di Resta, started the race in eleventh but a collision with teammate Adrian Sutil early in the race cost him a few spots.
The Scot did eventually recover to finish eighth but was stuck behind slower cars and was therefore unable to make full use of his car’s pace.
“A good result in the end and a strong recovery after a difficult start to the race. I was battling with Nico (Hulkenberg) on the opening lap, but unfortunately there was some contact with Adrian which put me on the grass and set us back three or four places,” di Resta said after the race.
Force India have had a difficult weekend, with both cars starting outside the top ten as the team was unable to repeat the speed they had shown in qualifying at Malaysia. And while di Resta was at least able to bring home a few points, Sutil was forced to retire for the second race in succession after he was hit by Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez under braking for the turn 14 hairpin.
Red Bull fined
Red Bull were hit with a 5,000-euro ($6,500) fine after Mark Webber’s (right) right-rear wheel came off his car during the Chinese GP , capping a terrible weekend for the Australian.
Webber’s race ended on the 16th lap after his tyre came off, having been in the pits following a collision with Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne. Red Bull were fined for releasing the car with the wheel not properly fitted while Webber will drop three places on the grid in Bahrain.