India preview quotes: Force India
|Wednesday, October 26th 2011, 08:48 GMT|
Paul di Resta
Q. Paul, how excited are you ahead of the very first Indian Grand Prix?
Obviously this is a massive race for us in a very special place. It's the first race for India, taking Formula 1 to a new culture, and a great opportunity for us to put on a great show for the fans. When you consider what Dr. Mallya has already done by creating an Indian team, this is the next step to really put Formula 1 on the map in India.
Q. What do you know about the track?
Not a massive amount, to be honest. We did a simulator session last week, but because it's a brand new track there are still a lot of unknowns and question marks about the characteristics of the track.
The layout looks interesting and the good thing for me is that it's a new track for everyone to learn. Getting up to speed will be key and the grip will build up throughout the weekend, but as long as we find a good balance by Saturday we should be okay.
Q. What result would make you happy this weekend?
We will go there and do our maximum. Obviously each race is important because the same number of points are on offer, but there's no denying that a strong result in the team's home race would feel special for all of us. So there will be a lot of attention on us, but we will go there ready to fight and grab some more points.
Q. Adrian, we're all set for the Indian Grand Prix. How will it feel to race in India?
It will be a very special moment. I've been with this team since the beginning and seen the progress we have made together, so it's a proud moment to be starting the Indian Grand Prix with the only Indian team. I'm sure sitting on the grid will feel a bit different and I will always remember this race.
Q. What are realistic expectations for the weekend?
I think based on our recent performances we go to Delhi believing we can score points, and we need to do that to strengthen our position in the championship. We can dream of a podium, but we also have to be realistic. There should be massive support for the team and it would be the icing on the cake if we can give everybody a special result to celebrate.
Q. Because it's a new circuit, does that change your approach?
Maybe we will run a little bit more than usual, but we know how to cope with new circuits because we had the same situation in Korea last year. With a new track it just takes a bit longer for the grip to come up and you have to do more set-up work than usual. I always enjoy experiencing a new track so I'm looking forward to it.
Q. You know India well from your many visits there - how do you think the Indian fans have embraced the sport?
Every time I go there Formula 1 seems to become even more popular, and having a race there will add even more interest. I hope this year we will have more fans cheering us than any other team.