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GP Week : Issue 185
Despite wondering what he must have done wrong to be starting the British Grand Prix staring down a Marussia gearbox, Paul di Resta put on a virtuoso display to finish just inside the top 10 and an unbelievable two seconds behind his teammate Adrian sutil. After qualifying a career- best fifth at Silverstone, cruel luck would once again strike di Resta as the Scot found himself relegated to the back of the grid after his Force India came up 1.5kg underweight in qualifying. Now somewhat accustomed to finding his way around Murphy’s Law, di Resta bolted at the start, passing the driver pairings from Caterham and Marussia well before the braking marker at Copse. With tyres shredding faster than an outgoing government official, the Scot saw that there was everything to play for and by lap 15 had disposed of Valtteri Bottas for 12th place. Three laps later this would become 11th, with the Saubers of Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez just within reach. Losing time under the second Safety Car would prove frustrating for di Resta, who was unable to capitalise on the Force India’s tyre -friendly characteristics at the most opportune time. At the restart, a clash with Hulkenberg damaged front wing end plates on both cars, yet as has been often seen this season the resulting breakage did little to disturb the lap times of either car. The pair spent the remainder of the race fighting for their piece of asphalt, finishing half a second apart with di Resta ahead and netting the Scot a deserved ninth place. “ T hat wasn’t the cleanest of races for me, but given everything that’s happened this weekend I think we can feel satisfied with two points today,” di Resta said. “It was a bit of a scruffy race because I lost my front wring trying to get ahead of Nico [Hulkenberg], so we chose to change it when the Safety Car came out, which probably cost me a couple of positions.” At last di Resta’s race strategies appear to be working well with both the pace of his car and the Scot’s obvious race craft. Now if the team can just get all their ducks in a row, a podium position must be beckoning. Di Resta's retribution solution 31 GPWEEK.com // 31 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> GREAT BRITAIN