Di Resta stumped after woeful qualifying

By on Saturday, July 27, 2013
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Paul di Resta admits he is confused by his lack of pace following his early exit from qualifying at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Di Resta struggled in his Force India and could record only the eighteenth fastest time at the Hungaroring.

"A tough session and I am a bit confused as to why we struggled so much on the soft tyre," he said.

"Throughout all the sessions we’ve looked more competitive on the softs, but in Q1 they just didn’t switch on. We’ve given ourselves a lot of work to do tomorrow, but we will go away and come back refreshed and ready to fight."

"We need to move forward so we will think hard tonight about the strategy, but at least we have plenty of new tyres available. I think the main puzzle we need to solve is what happened to our performance today so that we can bounce back tomorrow."

Team-mate Adrian Sutil, celebrating his 100th race, fared slightly better and will line up in eleventh place for the race.

"The first part of qualifying was quite tricky and it was difficult to deliver the pace we expected," he said.

"I had a good feeling with the car, but we were not especially quick and I was only P15 by the end of Q1. I did not really know where we were losing out, but the team made some adjustments and that improved things for Q2."

"My lap times were much better and for a while it looked like I was going to make the top ten, but then I got pushed down to P11 at the last moment. I’m happy with my lap and that was the limit for me today. P11 is a good place to start because it leaves us with more of a choice about the tyre strategy. The goal tomorrow is to push forward and try to score some points."

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