Di Resta eager to stay ahead of McLaren

Tuesday 02-April-2013 13:52

Paul Di Resta says Force India are determined to keep their noses in front of McLaren over the next two races.

The Silverstone squad have made a solid start to the season as Di Resta and Adrian Sutil scored 10 points between them in the opening two races of the season.

That is in strong contrast to Jenson Button and Sergio Perez who only managed a couple of ninth-place finishes in Australia and Malaysia.

Although he believes McLaren won't sit back after their slow start, Di Resta is hopeful Force India can beat their British rivals again.

"We've proven where we are at the moment, but whether we will be in that position after the next two will be hard," he told Press Association Sport.

"I've a lot of respect for what McLaren do. Although they are struggling at the moment, they can develop.

"But we will be pushing to stay in front of them. Our performance so far has been far better than people expected, far better than people could probably overhaul in two weeks."

After a three-week break, the season will resume in China next weekend with the Bahrain GP taking place the weekend after.

Di Resta and Force India will be eager to return to action though after a disappointing finish to Malaysian Grand Prix. The team were on course for another double points finish but they left Sepang empty handed as both drivers were forced to retire following problems with their new captive wheelnut system.

"The next two races can't really come quick enough," the Scot said.

"Despite what happened in Malaysia we took very good positives from the weekend through our performance, so I'm looking forward to China and Bahrain.

"I'd like to think we'd have some more knowledge on our car to make it quicker, although China is a different philosophy compared to what we have experienced so far this season.

"But we had a good car there two years ago, and there is no reason why we can't go there and repeat that.

"As for Bahrain, that is probably one of the strongest grands prix we had last year, and with the climate similar there as to Malaysia with the heat, I'm confident."

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