Force India: we were close to unraveling

Paul di Resta, Bahrain GP 2012

Paul di Resta, Bahrain GP 2012 

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After Force India's decision to miss the second session of Friday free practice in Bahrain to be able to travel in daylight hours following team mechanics' involvement in a skirmish between police and protestors on Wednesday, Paul Di Resta delighted the team with seventh quickest time in Q2. He then elected not to set a Q3 time in order to save tyres for the race. Deputy team principal Bob Fernley spoke to Tony Dodgins about events.

Q: How pleased were you by Paul's performance?

Delighted. It's not been an easy weekend -- a few challenges here and there! I'm just a tad disappointed because Nico (Hulkenberg) just made a small mistake in Turn 13 and lost a couple of tenths. Otherwise, he'd have been side-by-side with Paul.

Q: It seems that you haven't lost a lot by your approach to Friday?

The boys now think that they should be doing deck chairs in FP2!

Q: We didn't see Paul's lap on TV and there's a forum thread asking if that was deliberate on the part of Formula One Management. Have you an opinion?

No comment.

Q: Have you had gratitude from team members for acting the way you did?

For me the most important thing is that I've got a unified team. If we hadn't taken the steps we did we were close to unraveling and it was just very important. Emotion and logic don't necessarily go hand-in-hand but that's why we had to deal with it in the way we did. From the outside looking in, you can't get the feelings that we have, or I have, here. It might be very uncomfortable and it might not be palatable to everybody, but I have to stand by what I believe is right.

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