Force India driver Paul di Resta believes that staying ahead of McLaren should be their target during this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.
Force India scored 10 points in the Australian Grand Prix but suffered from a wheel nut issue in Malaysia which forced both cars out of the race.
“We were unlucky not to get any points in Malaysia, but we can take some positives from the performance we showed on the track,” said di Resta.
“We looked to be one of the fastest cars during the early part of the race. It’s a good sign for the rest of the season.”
“It is important not to get carried away and to keep doing our job at each race. We appear to be in a good position at the moment, but no one can say where we will be compared to our rivals after the next two races”.
“We know McLaren are a very strong team and they will develop well, so all we can do is continue pushing hard to try and stay ahead of them. We have been doing a good job so far – better than many people expected – but there’s a long way to go.”
Team principal Vijay Mallya is also positive about Force India’s chances before the sport heads back to Europe.
“Even though the last race in Malaysia was very disappointing, I know we have the potential to bounce back quickly and get a good result in Shanghai,” he said.
“Throughout the Sepang weekend, we had a quick car and the drivers felt good about their chances. We were confident of bringing both cars home in the points until the wheel nut issue let us down. We’ve had three weeks to understand what went wrong and have worked hard fix the root cause of the problem.”
“The next two weekends, with races in China and Bahrain, will put us in a position to see where we really stand in comparison with our rivals. Everyone in the team is looking forward to this challenge and I am confident we will put the disappointment of Malaysia behind us and bring home some big points.”