After a much-improved qualifying performance, the Force India team finds itself with a realistic chance of claiming some much-needed championship points at its home race.
Qualifying at the Buddh International Circuit saw Paul Di Resta and Adrian Sutil secure twelfth and thirteenth places respectively for tomorrow’s Indian Grand Prix, with the pair separated by just three-hundredths of a second.
“I think we can be satisfied with the job we’ve done today,” di Resta said after qualifying.
“My lap in Q2 was very good, although I made a small mistake in the second to last corner, so I was maybe a couple of tenths away from the perfect lap.
“It definitely feels like we’ve made some progress recently and my confidence is growing with the way the car is working at the moment. Going into our home race we are only a couple of places away from points, so we’re in the mix and if we can deliver the right strategy we should be able to come away with something.”
“As a team we are P12 and P13 so I think we’re still in with a good chance of scoring points,” Sutil added.
“The strategy options are quite limited because the medium tyre is a very good race tyre, more so than the soft. It’s our home race and I really enjoy this track so I hope we can put on a good show tomorrow in front of the Indian fans.”
“The indications from yesterday’s practice sessions suggested that we were looking slightly more competitive than in previous races, and I think our performance today confirms that,” Force India team principal Vijay Mallya added.
“We will approach tomorrow’s race with points being the clear goal. It’s something we have achieved for the past couple of years and I’m optimistic that we will have the race pace to take the fight to the cars around us and deliver some points in our home race.”