• Korean Grand Prix

Toro Rossos too quick - di Resta

ESPNF1 Staff
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Both Force Indias finished behind the Toro Rossos after starting ahead of them © Sutton Images
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Paul di Resta admitted Force India didn't have the pace to beat the Toro Rossos at the Korean Grand Prix after he lost ninth place to Sebastien Buemi six laps from the end.

Di Resta started ninth on the grid, ahead of both Toro Rossos, but lost position to Jaime Alguersuari in the first stint and was passed by Sebastien Buemi on lap 49 before settling for tenth place at the chequered flag.

"It's good to come away with a point, but ultimately we didn't have the performance to match Toro Rosso today," di Resta said. "It looked like we might be able to hold off Buemi in the final laps to stay ninth, but we came up six or seven laps too short with the tyres and I couldn't hold him back. In terms of tyres, we probably should have been a bit more aggressive with the strategy and used my new supersofts at the start of the race, rather than the used set, but I'm not sure it would have changed where we finished. Still, every point counts come the end of the year and we've managed to gain a point on Sauber, which is important."

His team-mate Adrian Sutil opted to start the race on soft tyres, but despite a different strategy to di Resta, he still couldn't keep the Toro Rossos at bay and finished 11th.

"It was not the easiest race today and I'm disappointed that I missed out on points," Sutil said. "The start of the race was okay, but Schumacher and Alguersuari came by me quite early on. I think our strategy was good and I made my first stop when the safety car came out, but our main competitor today was Toro Rosso and we just didn't have the pace to beat them. It's clear that we have to fight really hard in the final three races because the race pace of our close competitors is strong and we will need to score points to hold on to our sixth position."