• Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Buemi retirement benefits di Resta

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Sebastien Buemi pushed Paul di Resta hard early on in the race © Getty Images
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Paul di Resta said he was lucky that Sebastien Buemi retired from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix because his "was not the optimum strategy" as he one-stopped to ninth place.

Both Force India cars started the race with the intention of one-stopping, with Adrian Sutil on the soft tyre switching to a two-stop strategy and finishing the race 23.9s ahead of his team-mate. Di Resta said it was clear that his strategy was not the way to go, but that having started on the medium compound he was already locked in to seeing it through.

"I think as a team we can be pleased to have come away with a double points finish having run different strategies with both cars," di Resta said. "With hindsight my one-stop race was not the optimum strategy, but we felt it was worth a try. As it turned out the performance of the medium was not great to begin with so the first 30 laps were quite hard work."

Having lost out to Buemi during the first stint, di Resta admitted he was fortunate that the Toro Rosso soon dropped out of the race.

"I had a good fight with Buemi in the early laps and I think we were quite lucky that he retired, which made my race a bit easier. When I switched to the softs the speed of the car was very strong. To do a one-stop race and come away with two points is as much as we could really hope for. It's what we need for our fight in the championship and hopefully we can arrive in Brazil and carry on where we left off."

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