SILVERSTONE, UK, June 30th, 2013 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta had a strong British Grand Prix, despite Di Resta starting from 21st on the grid.
It looked as if Di Resta’s home race was going to be disappointing when his car was found to be underweight after qualifying, which resulted in him being excluded from Saturday’s qualifying results. Luckily for the Scotsman, by the time he lined up on the grid he’d already made up one place as Giedo van der Garde was handed a five place grid penalty for breaking his gearbox seal.
Di Resta was able to climb through the pack quite easily, although at one point things got a bit heated when he made contact with Nico Hulkenberg, forcing him to change his front wing when the Safety Car came out.
Nevertheless, he was able to finish in ninth place and pick up two points. After the race he said, “Given everything that’s happened this weekend I think we can feel satisfied with two points today.”
Sutil also had a good race finishing in seventh place, although he felt he had lost out due to being on older tyres towards the end of the race. He said, “The cars behind with fresh rubber had a big advantage and were able to overtake me quite easily in the final few laps.”
Despite his disappointment, Sutil still said the team could be happy about points gained toady: “Seventh place gives us some good points so we can be happy with the result."
Force India Team Principal Vijay Mallya said the team had achieved their objective, which was to bring both cars home in the points. Force India has now scored points at the last six races.
With both McLarens finishing out of the points for the second race in a row, Force India go into the German Grand Prix 22 points ahead of their British rivals.