It makes no sense for our cars to fight each other: Fernley

Mar 22, 2013, 01:19 IST | Amit Kamath

After Force India's Paul Di Resta was left fuming at the team's decision to ask him to hold his station behind teammate Adrian Sutil at the Australian GP last weekend, the Silverstone-based outfit's deputy team principal Bob Fernley has defended the "easy" decision.

“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.

Paul Di Resta
Sahara Force India’s deputy team principal Bob Fernley (left) and driver Paul Di Resta at the unveiling of the VJM06 racing car at Silverstone earlier this year. PIC/AFP

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.  

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