Paul di Resta is looks ahead to his “highlight of the year” while Adrian Sutil believes there is “much more to come” from Force India…
Paul di Resta is looks ahead to his “highlight of the year” while Adrian Sutil believes there is “much more to come” from Force India.
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Paul di Resta
Q: Paul, you’ve been in the points in six out of seven races – that’s some good consistency…
PdR: “I think we can be pretty happy with that. All things considered we’ve managed to get some good results and kept up our momentum. The last two results, in particular, felt very satisfying, especially because we managed to get the strategy spot on to come through the field. These results set us up nicely for this weekend, which is a massive one for everyone in the team.”
Q: Tell us about your emotions ahead of the weekend…
PdR: “It’s always a highlight of the year. When I was young I dreamed about coming to Silverstone as a Formula One driver so it’s always a very special weekend. As a venue it’s spectacular with some of the greatest corners of the year and the atmosphere is just incredible. The place is packed all weekend and the buzz from the fans gives you so much energy.”
Q: What are your expectations for the race?
PdR: “With the way our car is working these tyres at the moment, we are looking really healthy. I believe this car is the best we’ve ever had and everyone in the team is working hard to squeeze even more performance from it. The key for Silverstone is to hopefully get three successful days in a row on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. That’s what we did in Bahrain and it really paid off. If we can do it at Silverstone, then hopefully we can make a big impact on the race.”
Q: Adrian, after points in the last couple of races you must be feeling positive ahead of Silverstone…
AS: “I think it was important to have these results, especially the fifth place in Monaco, because it helps you forget some of the missed opportunities from earlier in the season. Canada was another race where we had good speed and considering everything that happened to me during the race it was good to come away with a point. As a team we’ve shown just how competitive we can be, but I feel there is still much more to come.”
Q: Silverstone is loved by most drivers – are you a fan of the track?
AS: “It’s not my top favourite, but it’s a great place to drive a Formula One car. It’s fast and flowing, so it’s quite a big change from Monaco and Canada, but I’m confident that we can go there and perform well. I enjoy the high-speed sections and also the newer start of the lap, which definitely makes it easier to overtake compared to the old layout.”
Q: It’s a local and busy race for the team – what is your plan for the week?
AS: “I will be in the UK for the whole week. There’s a simulator session on Wednesday to prepare for the weekend and I will be spending a lot of time at the factory. It’s a good chance to spend more time with the team members who don’t come to races.”