Paul Di Resta says the Force India felt the worst it has in 2013 in Hungarian qualifying
Scot at a loss to explain lack of performance on soft tyre
By William Esler. Last Updated: 27/07/13 5:08pm
Force India¿s Paul Di Resta was left confused with his car¿s performance after he went out in Q1.
Paul Di Resta says his car felt the worst it had in qualifying all season after he finished only 18th quickest at the Hungaroring.
During commentary on Sky Sports F1 Martin Brundle commented that the VJM06 "just looked horrible to drive" as Di Resta slumped to his third surprising Q1 exit of the season.
But while not the first time the Force India man has suffered an early Saturday bath in 2013, on this occasion the Scot says that rather than it being the result of a strategy error from the team, they genuinely just did not have the pace.
"I can't work it out," he told Sky Sports F1.
"We made some progress ahead of qualifying and went a second quicker than we did on the medium [tyre] all weekend which I thought was looking very positive. We then put a set of the soft tyres on and only found six tenths instead of the 2.2 seconds that we should find.
"I think everyone within the whole team is confused. We can't work why that should be a big performance delta. It is almost like it is a different compound in tyre. We will have to do something special for tomorrow.
"You have to stay positive. That is by far the worst we have been in qualifying - I know we have had some hiccups, but that genuinely just wasn't there for some reason, but yet we are far better on the other compound."
Eighteenth place will be Di Resta's second worst starting slot of his whole F1 career and the 27-year-old added: "I think we will just leave that with a big question mark and head into tomorrow as another day."