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.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.