Paris: Force India driver Paul di Resta is content with the way the season has begun for the team. "It was important that we picked up some good points on such an unpredictable day in Malaysia. We've seen how close all the teams are this year and getting points isn't easy, so it feels good to start as we mean to continue," the Scotsman remarked en route to Shanghai for the Chinese Grand Prix.
Speaking about this weekend's race, di Resta said that the track has some unusual features. "Turn one is very long and feels like it goes on forever. The key to getting it right is how much entry speed you can carry into the corner. We also saw the effectiveness of DRS last year, which helped produce some good racing and it should be the same this year."
His team-mate Nico Hulkenberg though, did not count the Chinese GP as his favourite race. "It's difficult to predict how well we will do there, but given how close the grid is at the moment I think it should be a good show," he said.
About the rain affected Malaysian GP, Hulkenberg said he was happy with his performance at Sepang. "It was basically the first proper race I have done since the end of 2010. It wasn't an easy race and I was never in any clean air, but it was good to pick up a couple of points " my first points for the team."
Vijay Mallya, the team's principal and managing director, was pleased with the way both drivers had performed so far. "They are only in their second full seasons of Formula One, but they both showed their maturity in the difficult conditions," he said.
Compared to last year, Mally felt the competition in the midfield for 2012 had become tougher. "This year it seems to be even more so with the majority of the grid capable of fighting for points," he said. "It's a good situation for Formula One, but it also means points are harder to come by. It's encouraging that we have scored points in both races and that will be our aim once again in China."