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Di Resta ready for fresh start

Thursday 1st August 2013

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Di Resta ready for fresh start

Di Resta ready for fresh start

Paul di Resta has urged Force India to regroup and get back on track after the summer break.

After scoring 59 points in the first eight races of the season, the Silverstone squad were off the boil in the last two grands prix as they failed to finish in the top 10 in Germany and Hungary.

What will be of concern to the team is the fact that both Di Resta and team-mate Adrian Sutil retired at the Hungaroring.

The Scot started 18th on the grid, but he was hoping to push for points until he was forced to pull his car into the garage with a hydraulics problem.

"I made a good start, but from there on in it was very difficult," Di Resta is quoted as saying by Press Association Sport.

"We weren't flexible enough with what we could do with strategy because we didn't have the performance on the tyres, and equally with the balance of the car.

"It's at the end of the race where you need to be scoring points, but that race didn't allow us in any way to fight the people we should have been."

The F1 community is on a four-week break now and Di Resta hopes the team will use the time to rediscover the form that helped to above McLaren in the Constructors' Championship.

"We need to get some rest," he added.

"But equally we need to get ourselves together because over the last few weekends we've missed some opportunities and other people have overtaken us.

"We've some work to do, but I've faith in the team everyone will be working hard when we return because when this unit works together you can see it rewards us in great ways.

"We need to get the car working in the zone it works in. In Hungary it was very much on edge, difficult to drive. You get weekends like that.

"Maybe the tracks haven't suited us, but we can't really single that out.

"We have to regroup, analyse properly and get to the next grand prix when hopefully it will be a fresh start like at the beginning of the year when we seemed to be punching way above our weight."

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