di Resta encourages team in bid to beat McLaren

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Paul di Resta has affirmed his confidence in Force India despite the team’s form dwindling in the past two races, allowing McLaren to close in the constructors’ championship.

“I trust the team will have a lot of ideas as we go into the summer break,” di Resta explained to Autosport.

“I think they have done a great job up until now, but we’ve let things slip slightly as a team in the last couple of grands prix.¬†They’re good guys and I believe they can work their way and come up with a solution.”

Force India has made its best ever start to a Formula One season, scoring 59 points in the opening ten races. However, following two consecutive grands prix with neither di Resta nor Adrian Sutil finishing in the top ten, McLaren has closed the gap to just two points in the battle for fifth in the constructors’ championship.

For Force India, meeting the pre-season target of 6th in the championship would have been a respectable result, but the pace of the car has allowed the team to aim for far loftier results. Despite taking a year out of Formula One, Sutil led for large parts of his comeback race in Australia and di Resta ran strongly to finish P4 in Bahrain. However, the ‘slip’ di Resta identified will need to be corrected swiftly if the team is to fend off McLaren heading into the second half of the year.