Force India's Paul di Resta happy enough with eighth place in the Chinese GP
Scot pleased with points but rues early team-mate tangle
Last Updated: 14/04/13 6:26pm
Paul Di Resta: Eighth place for Scotsman, but it could have been more
Paul di Resta admitted his early skirmishes proved costly as he had to settle for eighth place at the Chinese Grand Prix.
The Scot was run off the track by his Force India team-mate Adrian Sutil on the opening lap in Shanghai, and he was forced to battle lower midfield cars when his pace was probably better than that.
Sutil's race came to an end early on as he was rear-ended by the Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez, who admitted his mistake and apologised to the German for a momentary loss of concentration that cost him a five-place grid penalty for next week's race in Bahrain.
Di Resta said: "(It was) A good result in the end and a strong recovery after a difficult start to the race.
"I was battling with Nico [Hulkenberg] on the opening lap, but unfortunately there was some contact with Adrian [Sutil] down at the hairpin, which put me on the grass and set us back three or four places.
"After that I was stuck in the pack, my tyres were graining, and I couldn't really make much progress.
"It wasn't until the third stint that I was in some clean air and the pace of the car was very strong.
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"I was pushing all the way and I knew it would be very close after the final stop with Grosjean and Hulkenberg. But the pit crew did a top job; they kept their nerve and we managed to stay ahead of both of them. If everything had gone to plan I'm sure we could have done an even better job, but it's good to pick up more points and to see our race pace right up there once again."
Sutil added: "A very disappointing day for me. Things were going well in the opening laps and then under braking for the final hairpin I got hit from behind as I turned into the corner.
"I guess Gutierrez missed his braking point and had nowhere to go but into the back of my car. My rear wing was broken and there was no option but to stop. It's always a shame not to finish a race and I had a good chance of scoring more points today. I was on the soft tyre and the strategy looked to be shaping up well."