Calcutta: Sahara Force India picked up four points in the Italian Grand Prix, on Sunday, as Paul Di Resta battled hard to finish in eighth place. Teammate Nico Hulkenberg was forced to retire in the closing stages with brake issues.
Di Resta, who had qualified fourth but started the race in the ninth position due to a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change, said, “Coming into this weekend I probably would have settled for eighth place, but when you consider the pace we showed in qualifying, we certainly had high hopes for the race.
“I struggled at the start with the heavy fuel load and didn’t really have the race pace on the medium tyres. Things improved after my stop when I was running the hard compound and our pace was much stronger towards the end of the race. But there was no way I could keep the Mercedes behind me and with their two-stop strategy they had a bit more speed than us.”
Looking forward to the next race, Singapore Grand Prix scheduled later this month, the Briton said, “It’s good to extend our lead over Williams with a few more points, but obviously Sauber look strong and outperformed a lot of people”
Hulkenberg started last on the grid as he did not set time in qualifying due to a fuel pressure issue. The German said, “It’s always frustrating to start right at the back and I knew it was going to be difficult to come through the pack — even with a quick car. I had a few good fights in the race.”