• Belgian Grand Prix - FP2

Di Resta positive despite disjointed season

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Paul di Resta completed just 14 laps on Friday at Spa © Sutton Images
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Paul di Resta says he doesn't let a lack of Friday running affect him, but admits it has made it difficult to maximise a grand prix weekend.

Friday's two practice sessions were a washout at Spa, with a number of other weekends affected by the weather so far this season. On top of that, Force India has run Jules Bianchi on occasion - with di Resta missing out on a dry FP1 in Spain - and while di Resta says the team can be left playing catch up over a weekend, it's not an issue that he wastes his energy worrying about.

"It has (been disjointed), but I think it's been difficult to learn and fully understand [the car]," di Resta told ESPNF1. "There have been a lot of weekends that we're still trying to catch up on Friday running which has obviously been very restricted. So it's just one of those things, you can't control it."

Di Resta admitted that having a third driver who sometimes takes up Friday running isn't ideal, but believes his experience helps now he's in his second full season.

"Yeah it is, but it's a policy and as I've said, nobody's learning any more than what we've learned today. In some ways that's the beauty of having your second year - if this was your first year it would be a bit more difficult."

Despite that experience, di Resta will be hoping for a dry FP3 having not qualified in dry conditions at Spa before.

"I've only done the race here in the dry so I've not actually done any qualifying so I'm a bit hampered. But at the end of the day you can only do what you can do; I don't feel any more negative or any more positive than I did coming in to this weekend."