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Force India hit with 5,000 Euro fine after unsafe release during the German GP

And Di Resta admits team have work to do before Hungary

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 07/07/13 6:07pm

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Force India have been handed a €5,000 fine for an unsafe release during the German Grand Prix.

After making a stop, Paul Di Resta was given the go-ahead by the team's lollipop man to re-join and almost made contact with Jean-Eric Vergne, forcing the Toro Rosso driver to take avoiding action.

The punishment rounds off a disappointing race for the Silverstone-based team in which both cars failed to finish in the points.

Di Resta, who crossed the line in 11th, admits the team need to make a step-forward at the Young Driver Test later this month to stay ahead of McLaren.

"From the start it was quite hard; I never got the best of starts, lost quite a lot of positions and the stint after the first pitstop, which was quite early, just massively struggled with balance," he told Sky Sports F1.

"After that the car was pretty good but by that point we were out of position. I got held up by [Daniel] Ricciardo and just never got loose. So I think it was better for the second half but far worse in the beginning than we expected.

"So a bit of work to do. Obviously the Silverstone test's going to be important, whatever way that goes with the tyres ahead of Hungary, because we need to get back to where we were - and that's in front of McLaren."

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