Di Resta delighted at returning to top 10

By on Sunday, October 27, 2013
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Paul di Resta expressed his delight after securing a top 10 finish at the Indian Grand Prix.

Di Resta finished his team's home event in eighth place, registering his first points since the British Grand Prix in June.

"It’s great to score points here in India – the team’s home Grand Prix and a really important race for us," he said.

"We took an aggressive strategy by pitting at the end of the first lap to change from softs to medium tyres – which was always the plan. After that we effectively split the race in two and I pitted again for my second set of medium tyres on lap 30."

"The other positive is that we’ve steadily improved the car over the last few weeks and I’m feeling more comfortable, so I think we can be optimistic of performing at a similar level in Abu Dhabi next week."

Sutil also finished in the points, coming home in ninth.

"The target was to score points so eighth and ninth places are a great result for us today," he said.

"My one-stop strategy was the riskier approach and it was only during the race that we decided to go ahead with it. The medium tyres, which I started on, were performing really well and I realised that doing a one-stop race was possible."

"We thought that the soft tyres would only last around five laps, so I made sure I really looked after them, and in the end I managed just under twenty laps. After some difficult races recently, we showed everybody what we can achieve with some great teamwork today."

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