Adrian Sutil, Paul di Resta aim for Indian Grand Prix repeat at Abu Dhabi

Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil stood eighth and ninth, respectively, in the Indian Grand Prix last weekend, ensuring points for both the Force India cars for first time in home race.

Updated: October 31, 2013 20:23 IST
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Adrian Sutil and Paul di RestaAfter finishing on points in the home race at Indian Grand Prix last weekend, Force India drivers Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta are confident of going into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend.

Paul di Resta, who finished eighth in the home race, said the team is upbeat and would look to replicate the performance at Yas Marina Circuit on Sunday.

"It's a well-earned result by everyone and very important for the team's hopes in the championship. We've had a tough run of things lately, so to get two cars in the points at the team's home race has given us something to smile about," he said.

"We will certainly go to Abu Dhabi to try and repeat the performance. The direction we've taken with the car recently is more of a back-to-basics approach, which has helped. It's given me more confidence and I can be more committed with the car. That's really important for a driver and it will help us for both qualifying and the race," he added.

Di Resta's teammate Adrian Sutil too earned points for Force India finishing ninth in the race. The German said that the team is optimistic after double-points finish at the Buddh International Circuit.

"We certainly needed some points and I think we are feeling more optimistic now. The car had a very nice balance in India - it was easier to drive, much more consistent and that helped us achieve the one-stop race. With both cars in the points everybody is feeling more positive going into this weekend," Sutil said.

Sutil also praised the Abu Dhabi circuit calling it one of the best tracks on the calendar.

"It's one of the most perfect tracks on the calendar because there's not a stone out of place! It almost feels like a futuristic venue and with the harbour location it's like a second Monaco. The track layout is not my favourite because it's mostly low-speed, but as an event it's certainly a highlight of the year," he said.

Team principal Vijay Mallya is buoyant about the Silverstone-based unit and sees no reason why it shouldn't score points in the next races.

"We're certainly very happy that we got things right last weekend and there's no reason why we shouldn't be in the points going forward. Don't forget this team was a regular top ten finisher in the first half of the year, so we just need to recapture our old form. Our performance in India showed what we are capable of and there's no reason why we can't carry this through to the final three races," Mallya said.

Force India have a 23-point lead over Sauber as the two teams are fighting for the sixth place in the constructors' championship with three races remaining.

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