Di Resta Playing Catch-Up At Hungaroring

Paul Di Resta says he is still searching for an optimum set-up with his Force India after two practice sessions at the Hungaroring. The Briton was just outside the top ten and completed the best part of a race distance over the course of the day but is still short of where he wants to be.

“It’s not been the most straightforward of days and right from the start of practice I was chasing the set-up of the car. We definitely made some progress this afternoon, but there are a lot of things to discuss tonight to try and get on top of things ahead of qualifying. Today was the first chance to really start doing performance work with new tyre construction and we managed to do 60 laps, which gives us lots of information going into the weekend.”

Teammate Adrian Sutil edged out Di Resta for tenth in the second session and feels happy with the car on the option tyres, a positive sign ahead of qualifying.

“It was a positive morning session and quite early on I had found a good balance with the car. In the afternoon we were working mainly on the tyres and trying to get the most from them. I felt better on the soft compared to the medium, but it was tricky to get them working all the time. The main thing is that we got some good information and we can hopefully improve things for tomorrow. Apart from the tyres the overall balance is good: the car behaves well under braking and on turn-in, and I’m feeling comfortable.”