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Di Resta: Podium with a faster car

Tuesday 23-April-2013 15:38

Paul di Resta admits there were plenty of "positives" for Force India in Bahrain, but urged the team to give him a faster car if they want him to deliver a podium.

The Scot started Sunday's race fifth on the grid and he found himself running second behind Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull for large chunks of the race. However, he had to settle for fourth as Lotus duo Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean claimed the final two podium positions behind Vettel.

"As a team I think we have to congratulate everyone - the performance this weekend has been good and we will go away with positive notes from it," Di Resta said.

"We got caught out by a driver [Grosjean] who didn't qualify where he should have and had four sets of new tyres to do a three-stop race - that would have been the fastest way of any car had you had those tyres.

"He had the tyre life to do it, but there were strengths in the Grand Prix to pick up on. I probably could have been a bit more aggressive at times, but it is a lot of points and a solid job. When you can take advantage of the misfortune of the Ferraris and beat McLaren on outright pace, it is a crucial point for us."

It was once again a case of so close but yet so far for Force India in their search for a podium and Di Resta admits they will need to improve further if they are going to finish in the top three places at some stage this season.

"We should take a huge amount of credit from the first four grands prix, but the team are going to have to work hard and bring updates if they want this podium - they are going to have to work more for it than we are."

He added: "They want a podium - well give me a faster car and I will get a podium! So if they work a bit harder in the design office and we get some more resources there is no reason we cannot do it.

"As a team we are performing to our maximum capacity, it is just a case of getting that bit more to give us a bit more comfort at the end of races and to get us in the position in qualifying every week to do that."

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