Di Resta: I said give me a faster car and they’ll get a podium 23 April, 2013 Paul di Resta on his way to fourth place in bahrain Paul Di Resta has urged his Force India team to go the extra mile to help him secure his first Formula One podium after another near-miss in Bahrain on Sunday. The Briton equalled his career best with fourth place at Sakhir, leading the race for three laps and tantalisingly close to a top three finish before being caught by Lotus’s Romain Grosjean in the closing laps. “We’ve got to take a great amount of credit and positives from the first four grands prix,” the Scot, who was fourth in Singapore last year, told reporters. “But the team needs to work hard to bring updates because if they want this podium, they’re going to have to work for it – probably more than we are at the moment. They want a podium. I said give me a faster car and they’ll get a podium. If they work a bit harder in the design office and essentially get a bit more resource in there, there’s no reason why we can’t do it.” Force India beat two McLarens, two Ferraris, two Mercedes and one Red Bull on Sunday and are now fifth overall and three points ahead of mighty McLaren in the constructors’ table. Paul di Resta targeting a podium soon Team co-owner Vijay Mallya, delighted to see his cars filling the third row on the starting grid before the race, did not expect McLaren to stay behind for long but savoured the moment anyway. The liquor and spirits baron, whose heavily loss-making Kingfisher airline has been grounded for months, held up Bahrain as proof that progress was being made anyway and said he wanted success as much as anyone. “I am doing my damnedest to get there. I think that we missed out on at least three podium chances last year,” he told Reuters. “It isn’t as if approaching the podium is something that has only happened now. I have not said no to any technical request. (Technical director) Andy Green is fully aware that while I am willing to support him 110 percent he has to be responsible enough not to waste money. We don’t have money to waste. If tomorrow I put another 100 million into this team, it’s not going to guarantee me any performance.” Di Resta, who headed off to Bangalore after the Bahrain race for promotional work, looked forward to the next race at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya in May which marks the start of the European season. The team looked quick there in pre-season testing and, with a car that likes hot conditions, should be fast again at the Spanish Grand Prix if the sun shines. Vijay Mallya “I think we’ve performed to the 100 percent maximum we could have done,” said Di Resta the race at Sakhir. “To go away with all those boxes ticked, credit to all the boys who are working hard.” The Scot’s form tailed away last season, perhaps due to disappointment at missing out on a move to McLaren when Lewis Hamilton left, and he recognised that he had let his head drop. “I kind of convinced myself that nothing was going right,” he said. “(This year) was a fresh start and I think we’ve performed to what we could have… We just keep rolling on. We’ve got some new bits coming that are quite exciting for Barcelona. If they work, it could turn us round. But not all the teams are sleeping and I’m not going to get myself carried away.” Tweet Related NewsMallya: A long time coming, but it’s very satisfying to see Force India back on the podiumPerez: This is only my third race for the team and it was a really, really good oneForce India: One of the greatest days in the history of our teamForce India: Tomorrow is the most important dayForce India: we are in reasonably good shape going into the weekendPerez: Once we have no issues and problems we should be really competitiveBahrain Grand Prix: Force India preview Sakhir weekendForce India: A tremendous job by the teamForce India: An excellent team effortForce India: We are feeling happy with how things have gone adam22 but paul, you need to defend the position, you just let Roman walk pass you! Odd Lord @ Adam : Yeah i think he had to let that happen,driving on the edge of his tires, he would probably risk also losing out on 4th due to the extra tire-degradation. better safe then sorry. Steve W Paul, why are you stopping there? Demand that your team give you the Fastest Car and you’ll produce a win… Alonso_is_slow Even Alonso can win with a faster car……but only with that. Paul should do better. fapper easy pass from romain as far as i can remember… k This guy started believing the messiah talk the British media has been spreading about him. Not Bernie Out performed McLaren. That can’t be bad. Steve Paul has always had a habit of bragging about himself, and his performances in F1 so far don’t really entitle him to do that. It takes more than one or two good drives a season before you can demand that a top team hire you. Let’s see him consistently finish in the top six. Part Time Jobs Bangalore Exceptional problems here. I will be very happy to see your write-up. Thanks a lot and i am taking a look in front to consult people. Are you going to i implore you to lower us a mailbox?