Paul di Resta hailed his Force India team after securing sixth place at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Di Resta started from 11th place but pulled off a one stop strategy to finish in the top six for the first time since the Bahrain Grand Prix.
“It’s a great feeling to finish sixth and make the one-stop strategy work,” he said.
“I said yesterday that we had opted to set the car up more for the race and it really paid off today.”
“There were times when we had to be very quick and times when we had to manage the pace and look after the tyres.”
Di Resta held fifth place towards the end of the race but conceded that defending from Fernando Alonso was futile.
“Towards the end of the race I was battling with Fernando and Lewis [Hamilton], but it was impossible to hold Fernando back because he was on much fresher soft tyres.”
“Lewis was on the mediums so I just focused on getting clean exits from the hairpin and the chicane leading onto the long straights, and was able to stay ahead.”
“The eight points are just what we needed and everybody in the team deserves credit for the big effort that has gone in this week. That’s two strong weekends in a row and we will move to Austin determined to keep up the momentum.”