With a 10th and seventh-place finish in the season’s first two races, Sahara Force India driver Paul di Resta seems to be hitting all the right notes early. And with the Chinese Grand Prix coming up this weekend, the Scot is looking to complete a hat-trick of races having finished within points. “It’s difficult for me to set expectations before driving here this week, although we will aim to qualify in the top ten and race for points on Sunday.
“That will be tough, given how competitive the midfield is at the moment. But we will work hard on Friday (practice sessions) to get the car set up and then see what happens on Saturday (qualifying). Only then can we start to look ahead to the race,” Di Resta told MiD DAY yesterday.
Di Resta earned his team one point and six points in the Australian and Malaysian grands prix respectively but was made to work hard for every point due to poor finishes in qualifying. The 25-year-old, who covered up the spots after starting15th (Australia) and 14th (Malaysia) on the grid, is hoping for a better showing in this Saturday’s qualifying at the Shanghai International Circuit.
“I think it’s just down to how close the grid is (poor performance in qualifying). We’ve raced hard and raced well in Australia and Malaysia, and come away with points. We just maximised the opportunities and we need to try and do the same on Saturday afternoon as well,” he said.
Off with a bang
Di Resta had started last season with a bang too, earning a point in Australia and Malaysia. But in China he narrowly missed out on a point (finishing 11th) and with that started an eight-race long slump before he finished within points again claiming seventh spot in Hungary.
But Di Resta feels it will not have a psychological impact on him when takes his car to the track this weekend: “That’s behind me now. Sometimes you get a run of bad luck in racing and sometimes things are out of your control. “We were quite strong in China last year, we qualified well and I enjoyed the race, so it would be great if we can repeat that this weekend.”