• Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - FP2

Force India encouraged by set-up

ESPNF1 Staff
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Paul di Resta still feels he has more work to do than Adrian Sutil © Sutton Images

Force India drivers Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta said that they are pleased with the set-ups they found during practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Both drivers were in the top ten in both sessions as they showed encouraging competitiveness throughout Friday, with Sutil just heading di Resta on both occasions. Sutil said that the car was in a good position immediately, which allowed him to work on traction and wing levels and he believes the team has "found a good solution so far".

"The track had very low grip to begin with, but we found quite a good baseline starting point with the car right away," Sutil said. "The main focus was on improving the traction out of the low-speed corners because that's what this circuit is all about. We also worked a lot on finding the optimum wing levels and seem to have found a good solution so far. As for the tyres, we did most of the work in the second session to simulate the conditions we will get on Sunday evening. Both tyres seem to be performing well with quite low degradation."

Di Resta wasn't quite as happy as his team-mate, saying that he still needs to work on low-speed stability, but that he had seen progress made between FP1 and FP2.

"I think looking at where we've ended up we should be pretty happy with today's work," di Resta said. "In the first session I was struggling with rear grip and it wasn't easy to lean on the car. There was also quite a lot of front locking. But in the second session we started to get on top of those issues and got quite close to a decent set-up. I think we can still make some steps tomorrow and look to find more low-speed stability, but overall we're not in bad shape."