“We took the decision from an overall team perspective and it was an easy decision to make. With one or two laps to go it makes no sense for our cars to be fighting each other and potentially jeopardising a strong team result,” Fernley told MiD DAY yesterday.
The Scot, finishing the season-opener in eighth place, earned his team four points while seventh-place Sutil scored six points. Commenting on Di Resta’s statement that he felt “slightly robbed” of the seventh place by the team’s tactics, Fernley added, “While Paul may have had the pace to get ahead of Adrian in the closing laps, he did the right thing to hold station and bring home a great team result. The ten points scored ensured this was our strongest ever start to a season.”
It must be noted that had Di Resta pipped the German to the seventh spot in Australia, Force India would still have finished with ten points in the constructors’ championship.