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GP Week : Issue 139
F1 NEWS >> A lot of ink has been spilled on the declining spectacle of qualifying in recent races, which have seen an increasing number of teams choose not to run in Q3 so as to preserve more rubber for Sunday’s race. One of the teams to have been subject to the most criticism is Force India, whose cars are fast enough to make it to the final stage of qualifying, but lack the pace to fight for a spot at the front of the grid. Paul di Resta has this week defended his team’s choice of qualifying strategy, saying that Force India had exhausted all their resources in simply making it to Q3. “ Take the Japanese GP, for example,” di Resta told Autosport. “Force India I believe did 13 laps in qualifying, and Red Bull Racing did eight and were on pole. “Now, the number of laps tells you what we need to do to get through. The quick teams do not need to use a set of soft tyres to get through Q1. To me, that is the advantage they have got. “ With the race strategies, the middle teams are always having to do a stop less because you cannot get yourself clear of all the traffic, whereas they [the frontrunners] are quick enough to clear it. They are able to do more stops, be more aggressive.” Di Resta defends Force india’s Q3 strategy 19