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Force India’s 2013 performance thanks to car working with tires

Jun 18, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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Force India’s pair of drivers has made the most of the Pirelli tires this year, as evident by their performances in Canada.

The validation for the prime medium compound tires came via Paul Di Resta, who ran a 56-lap opening stint in Montreal before switching to the supersofts for the finish. He ultimately finished seventh from 17th on the grid.

“I think we knew that on the medium tire, the car was working well,” he told the Force India team website. “The easy decision was to start with that. But we had no long run data – there was no high fuel running – so we were going into the race completely blind. To do 56 laps on a set was encouraging, and I was really happy to score points.”

Adrian Sutil took Di Resta’s performance as proof Pirelli can make a good tire and that the team has done a good job of suiting the car to it.

“Paul’s pace was good and it just shows we don’t have a tire problem,” Sutil told Autosport. “Everybody talks about Pirelli tire problems, but it is a good tire, we saw that in Canada.

“I don’t want a compound change. This is not allowed,” he added. “We have rules and you have to respect the rules. So you do not change the rules during the season. It’s just some teams get on a little bit better with the tires and some others want to change it.”

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