Chinese Grand Prix: Force India confident of scoring points
The Force India drivers - Sutil and Di Resta - scored points in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix but failed in the Malaysian GP. Will China bring them luck? Both drivers say the car tyres will be key.
It was not a very good day for Force India at the Shanghai International Circuit as both Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil finished outside the top-10 for the Chinese Grand Prix. Despite finishing 11th and 13th, respectively, di Resta and Sutil are upbeat about scoring points in Sunday's race.
Di Resta of Great Britain, who has scored four points so far, is not at all worried about the qualifying results at Shanghai.
"I think P11 is a reasonable result considering the difficulties we had during final practice where our performance level dropped away. The changes we made ahead of qualifying improved things and in the end I just missed out on making Q3.
"I don't think that will make much difference tomorrow (Sunday) because it's going to be a race all about making the tyres last. The good news is that we've got a free choice on tyres for the start and our car has proved to be competitive over race distances, which means we can be optimistic of scoring points," Di Resta said.
Sutil has scored six points, all at Australian Grand Prix, and is ninth on the Drivers' Championship standings. He insists the tyres will play a huge role when they take the field on Sunday.
"It's fair to say I was hoping for a better result, but for whatever reason the warmer conditions during qualifying did not work to our advantage. There was no major problem with the car and I felt happy with the balance, but I lost some performance during qualifying and didn't have the grip to go any faster.
"The positive is that I'm able to choose my starting tyres tomorrow and I have all new sets available for the race, which should allow us to target some points in the race," Sutil said.