Paul di Resta has praised Force India’s strategy for his sixth place finish at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Di Resta went for a two-stop strategy and it worked for him perfectly as he started the race placed tenth and finished at sixth. It was a good performance considering Force India has been struggling so far in the season to make an impact.
The good showing at Bahrain was a mix of good qualifying and skilfully managed race day driving. Di Resta qualified in the top ten during the qualifiers and then worked hard to achieve a sixth place finish during the race.
He said that the team did not have the start they wanted by the team has gone through more difficulties in the season so far and so he was not too worried about it and went about his work. He said that when he passed Bruno Senna in the Williams, he knew that he had a good chance of overtaking a few other cars as well.
Two laps later, he overtook Sergio Perez in the Sauber. To that point di Resta said that he saved his tyres and saw no signs of his tyres degrading, while others were getting to that point of changing their tyres.
“We had to stop a bit earlier and that’s probably why we lost out to Nico in the end, not being able to just get in clean air when we wanted to but everything’s a gamble at the end of the day. We’ve chosen the right strategy to push us forward; we were running fifth at one point and getting sixth is a lot of points for us given where the car is at the moment,” di Resta said.
He added that the result has motivated him to improve on the results in the future and look to move up the ranks in the coming races.
“The result today is massive for us. The team did an amazing job all weekend, the strategy came together and the pit-stops were perfect,” he added.
It would be interesting to see how Force India progress in the season. The next race is not for another three weeks and it will give di Resta some time to prepare for more strategies for the European season ahead.