Conservative tyre choices may help Force India

By Ubaid Parkar, 27 June 2013
© James Moy Photography/Force India

Force India isn’t fully sure whether Pirelli’s nomination of tyres for the next three races will necessarily provide an advantage to the team just yet, although its driver Paul di Resta hinted that it could probably suit the car.

The Italian manufacturer has allocated the medium-hard combination for the British and Hungarian Grands Prix while the choice for Germany is the medium-soft pairing.

Lotus has been critical of the allocation pointing out that the provision is conservative and unusual citing that it could provide an undue advantage to teams like Red Bull and Mercedes, which have been struggling to manage its tyres this year.

“It's a conservative approach,” Paul di Resta agreed. "Maybe Hungary is slightly too conservative.”

Force India is one of the few teams on the grid which has understood the tyres from the start of the season and consequently can eke out a better durability from the compounds.

But whether the unadventurous approach assumed by Pirelli – after it was pelted with massive criticism for races yielding four stops per driver – would be a detriment or a benefit at the British GP is yet to be determined by Force India.

“I'll tell you after the weekend,” di Resta told “I'll either criticise it or I'll say it's good. It depends on the results.”

“You can say that Canada was conservative but the conservative approach helped us because we were able to one-stop and gain so many positions,” the Scot said referring to the race in Montreal which he started from 17th but managed to gain ten places by the end.

Di Resta’s solitary stop in Canada came on lap 56 of 70.

“Ultimately we were not optimised on Saturday,” he said of qualifying. “It’s difficult to predict too much going into the weekend.”

“When we had the medium and hard compounds so far this year, in Malaysia and Bahrain, that's been two of our best performances,” di Resta reasoned.

At Sepang, di Resta failed to score points - his only barren race of the season – after an issue with the wheel nut while in Bahrain he equalled his best finish in Formula 1 with a fourth place, after briefly sniffing at the possibility of his maiden podium result.


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