The Scot ended both of yesterday’s practice sessions fifth and seemed confident of making it through to the top-ten shootout in qualifying.
“We’re fairly content that we can repeat what we did in Malaysia with the heat and I think … the car works better in these conditions,” di Resta told journalists after practice.
Force India had shown impressive pace in Malaysia and were set for one of their best qualifying sessions ever before rain robbed them of their dry weather speed. And while he wasn’t sure if he could repeat yesterday’s top-five performance in qualifying, di Resta said the team could well score a decent result come Sunday.
“I can say that even on long runs, if we qualified anywhere in the top ten, I’m fairly happy that a repeat of a decent race would be well up for it in there because I believe that our tyre wear and where we are seem to be strong,” he said.
His teammate Adrian Sutil, however, had a tougher day with the German ending the first session eighth and the second session ninth.
“Lots of laps and lots of things to evaluate today, but I’m still not totally comfortable with the car — either for short or long runs,” Sutil said. “It all feels very low grip at the moment so the set-up is not quite right for me yet.”