Paul Di Resta says Force India will bounce back in Hungary after testing new tyres
Scottish driver finished Day One second fastest at Silverstone
By William Esler at Silverstone. Last Updated: 17/07/13 7:17pm
Paul Di Resta is confident Force India will be back fighting in the top five in Hungary after finishing Day One of the Young Driver Test second quickest.
The Scot was a tenth shy of McLaren youngster Kevin Magnussen after completing 58 laps on Wednesday afternoon at Silverstone.
Aside from his retirement in Malaysia, the German GP was the first time Di Resta has failed to score points this season - something some pundits had put down to the interim Pirelli tyres used. However, after sampling the tyres that will be taken to the Hungaroring the 27-year-old is hopeful the Nurburgring will be a one-off.
"I certainly hope so," the Force India driver said.
"Germany was a bit of a disappointment as we have scored points at every race we have finished this year. We probably got slightly stuck in a bit of traffic which cost us at the end and to be a lap away from scoring was disappointing.
"But we will bounce back - I think we are a team that can react quite quickly. I think our car just didn't suit Germany and I hope that when we get back onto a more normal track we will see the signs of our car which have been strong and I have every faith that we can do that."
As for what he thought of the new tyres, Di Resta wasn't giving much away, but did add that he felt having race drivers present was of benefit to Pirelli.
"They are round, they have the same logos on the side...," he joked.
"We are here to aid Pirelli - they have a big say in our run plans and we need to make sure they are safe enough going forward and making sure they are sufficient enough and it is very restricted for the teams what a race driver can do.
"We are learning what we can but at the same time, it is more about learning for the future of Formula 1. In terms of reference, I think it is better to have us in the car as we had a race here a few weeks ago and we know where the cars limits are and know what the differences are."