Paul di Resta, Force India, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013

Di Resta pleased with tyre call despite missing pole

2013 Belgian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Paul di Resta, Force India, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013Paul di Resta claimed the credit for the call on tyres which almost helped him take pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix.

The Force India driver gambled on not going out on slick tyres at the start of Q3, which every other driver did. It allowed him to set a lap early in the session was initially looked good enough for pole position.

However the track conditions later improved enough for the Mercedes and Red Bull drivers to beat his time. “It’s frustrating but it’s one of those things,” said Di Resta afterwards.

“I sat in the garage and I saw the screens again. The engineers and stuff we’re like ‘no, we’ve got to go out on mediums, everyone else is doing it’. And I went ‘No, look at it, everyone’s putting umbrellas up, let’s try something different.”

“And it was my call completely – I’m absolutely claiming it! We got out there in optimum track conditions – it was a bit wet in sector three – but at the same point had we been out at the end in the same conditions to everybody we wouldn’t have been where we are.”

Although he missed out on pole position, Di Resta believes the gamble still benefited him: “It’s definitely pushed us up the grid a bit. It was the right thing to do.”

“The car seems a lot stronger in the dry, a lot more comfortable in Q2. P8 we went through to Q3 in so that’s a bonus. At the same point we need to work on our wet conditions because it’s a handful but at the same point tomorrow could be dry and we’ll try and score some points.”

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