Paul di Resta says Force India are focused on trying to stay ahead of McLaren in the early stages of the 2013 season.
“We appear to be in a good position at the moment, but no one can say where we will be compared to our rivals after the next two races,” he said ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend.
“We know McLaren are a very strong team and they will develop well, so all we can do is continue pushing hard to try and stay ahead of them. We have been doing a good job so far – better than many people expected ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ but there?óÔé¼Ôäós a long way to go.”
Both Force Indias finished ahead of the McLarens in Melbourne. However their race in Malaysia was ruined when a fault with their captive wheel system forced them to retire both cars.
“We were confident of bringing both cars home in the points until the wheel nut issue let us down,” said team principal Vijay Mallya. “We?óÔé¼Ôäóve had three weeks to understand what went wrong and have worked hard [to] fix the root cause of the problem.”
However Di Resta is encouraged by the pace the team have shown so far. Team mate Adrian Sutil was fastest in Q1 at Sepang.
“We can take some positives from the performance we showed on the track,” said Di Resta. “We looked to be one of the fastest cars during the early part of the race. It?óÔé¼Ôäós a good sign for the rest of the season.”
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