• Canadian Grand Prix - FP2

Di Resta hit by electrical issue

ESPN Staff
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Paul di Resta topped the times in FP1 but was 13th in the second session © Sutton Images
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Force India has confirmed that Paul di Resta's Friday practice was cut short by an electrical problem.

Di Resta set the pace during the first session on Friday morning but had to return to the pits early in FP2 for the mechanics to check his car after struggling to improve on the super-soft tyres. Despite not getting to carry out a run on high fuel as a result, Force India's chief race engineer Jakob Andreasen said the team had not lost out on any data.

"An electrical issue for Paul interrupted the afternoon and cost him the final half hour of running, but Adrian was able to get the long run data we needed," Andreasen said. "In terms of performance, the car is working well whatever the conditions, so it's just a case of seeing what the weather delivers for tomorrow and Sunday."

Di Resta himself said he was encouraged by how competitive he was during the damp first session.

"We were quite cautious with the wet weather this morning and we only fitted the dry tyres for the last few minutes of the session," di Resta said. "Before that I had a good run on the intermediates and felt happy with the performance - probably the most comfortable I've felt on the intermediates this year. So overall we didn't look too bad in the damp conditions. The afternoon was a case of getting through the dry tyre programme and trying to find the right car balance. Unfortunately things were cut short with the electrical issue, so I didn't do the long runs we had planned for the final part of the session."