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Force India aim to stay ahead of McLaren

Despite Force India's shambolic performance in Malaysia it has actually been a very good start to the 2013 season for the team.

Returning driver Adrian Sutil led the Australian Grand Prix due to tyre strategy, but the teams overall pace still impressed with a comfortable seventh and eighth place finish easily beating the likes of McLaren and other mid-pack teams such as Sauber, Toro Rosso and Williams.

In Malaysia Sutil managed to break into the Q3, showing that the one lap pace from the team was still there, however almost farcical scenes in the pit-stops ultimately saw both drivers retire from the race.

Force India struggled with a wheelnet issue on both cars during the race, it wasn't a problem with the wheel guns but instead a new captive wheelnut system.

The system is used by other teams to speed up pit-stop times as the wheel nut instead of staying in the gun when it is removed stays attached to the wheelrim.

The nut should remain in its sleeve during the pit-stop process, but the hot temperatures in Malaysia saw the two become separated, ruining Force India's race as they couldn't complete pit-stops.

However until that point Force India's race pace had remained competitive and Paul Di Resta is aiming for more of the same in China. Although the Brit expects a tough battle to stay ahead of McLaren.

'We've proven where we are at the moment, but whether we will be in that position after the next two will be hard, I've a lot of respect for what McLaren do. Although they are struggling at the moment, they can develop. he told Sky Sports.

'But we will be pushing to stay in front of them. Our performance so far has been far better than people expected, far better than people could probably overhaul in two weeks.'

'Despite what happened in Malaysia we took very good positives from the weekend through our performance, so I'm looking forward to China and Bahrain,'








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Date:Friday April 5 2013

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