Di Resta wants to stay ahead of McLaren in China

Paul di Resta

Paul di Resta

Force India look like the surprise package of the 2013 season thus far, but Paul di Resta is cautiously optimistic about the team’s potential as the season progresses, but nevertheless feels that they can give McLaren a run for their money in China.

Di Resta said, “We’ve proven where we are at the moment, but whether we will be in that position after the next two will be hard. I’ve a lot of respect for what McLaren do. Although they are struggling at the moment, they can develop.”

“But we will be pushing to stay in front of them. Our performance so far has been far better than people expected, far better than people could probably overhaul in two weeks,” Di Resta told Sky.

Force India suffered what team boss Vijay Mallya described as “a very disappointing end to a weekend” at Sepang where the team had to retire both cars on the grounds of safety after their wheelnut system failed.

But before that both Di Resta and Sutil looked well placed for a points scoring finish, the pair quite easily the best of the midfield drivers in malayisa and Australia.

“Despite what happened in Malaysia we took very good positives from the weekend through our performance, so I’m looking forward to China and Bahrain. I’d like to think we’d have some more knowledge on our car to make it quicker.”

“China is a different philosophy compared to what we have experienced so far this season. But we had a good car there two years ago, and there is no reason why we can’t go there and repeat that,” said Di Resta. (GP247)