After picking up 12 points between them in Monaco, Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil head to Montreal in confident mood…
After picking up 12 points between them in Monaco, Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil head to Montreal in confident mood.
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Paul di Resta
Q: Paul, Monaco was a mixture of emotions for you, but you picked up points in the end with an impressive recovery drive…
PdR: “I think it’s a sign of our competitiveness that we were a bit disappointed with ninth. I definitely felt we had the performance to be higher up the points, but the issues in qualifying put us on the back foot. That’s the thing with Monaco, it’s all about track position, but I did enjoy a few overtaking moves into turn one. Although more was possible I’m still happy to continue my run of points finishes.”
Q: Canada will be the team’s 100th race – do you think you can give the team something to celebrate?
PdR: “We’ve been competitive on every track this year and that’s a credit to the team, so we expect to be at our usual level once again. It’s traditionally a track that has suited us, so we go there confident that we can fight towards the front once again. 100 races is a significant achievement and it’s great to see how much the team has grown during that time. It’s a credit to the commitment of the shareholders and hopefully we can give them something to smile about come Sunday evening.”
Q: Tell us about the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve?
PdR: “It’s an unusual track but tends to produce exciting racing with some really good overtaking opportunities. It’s tight, because it’s a street course, so it’s another track where there is no margin for error. Straightline speed is important, as is a car that’s stable under braking and capable of riding the curbs well.”
Q: Adrian, how good did it feel to finish fifth in Monaco – your best result in the principality…
AS: “It felt very nice. After four difficult races I was ready to get this result. We had several missed opportunities, but I tried my best to stay positive because I could see the potential of the car. So it felt very good to have a race where I could deliver a strong result. But it was not the easiest of weekends for me because I lost track time on Saturday and I damaged my front wing on the first lap of the race. So, all things considered, it was very satisfying to come away with fifth place.”
Q: Some commentators named you driver of the day for your ‘cheeky’ overtaking moves at the hairpin…
AS: “I had the feeling from the first lap onwards that there was a possibility to pass cars at this corner. After the restart, when all the cars were bunched up, I saw the gap and went for it. I got ahead of Jenson first and then Fernando as well. Overtaking always feels good, but in Monaco it’s extra special because you have to judge things perfectly.”
Q: What about Montreal? Do you think you will go well there?
AS: “It’s definitely one my favourite races on the calendar because it’s a great city. It’s also an interesting and unusual track, and it can be a long race with different scenarios and strategy options. I like the circuit, but for some reason I’ve never had good results there. Hopefully we can change that this year.”