Canadian GP: Di Resta puts disappointment behind him

Paul di Resta put his qualifying disappointment behind him to finish seventh at the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Scot was fastest in first practice on Friday but a day later, he qualified 17th because of a "not acceptable" performance by his team.

"To finish the race in seventh having started 17th is a great result and a top job by the team," he said.

Di Resta rages at 'unacceptable' exit

The Force India driver's strong finish was down largely to managing to complete 56 laps on the same tyres.

"The tyres lasted very well, the lap times were competitive and the team told me it was my decision about when to make my stop. As soon as I felt the tyres starting to drop off, I came in. Then it was a case of looking after the super-softs for the final few laps."

A problem with the gearbox on Saturday meant that the Force India was sat in the garage when the track was at its fastest and by the time the Scot went back out it was raining.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was not quite so pleased after he missed out on his first second place of the season, pipped by Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

Canadian GP stats

  • Track temperature: 30C
  • Air temperature: 24C
  • Ave wind speed: 3.8 metres per second
  • Humidity: 32%
  • Fastest lap: M Webber (lap 69) 1 min 16.182 secs
  • Fastest speeds:
  • Sector 1: M Webber, A Sutil, F Massa, 256kph (159mph)
  • Sector 2: M Webber, A Sutil 288kph (178mph)
  • Sector 3: F Massa 299kph (185mph)
  • Speed Trap: Hulkenberg, Gutierez, Di Resta, Perez, Button, Raikkonen 321kph (199mph)

Hamilton was overtaken by Alonso on lap 63 but still secured his third podium finish of the season.

"The car felt fantastic today and I had good grip for the low-speed corners but we just weren't quite on the pace of Seb and Fernando," said Hamilton.

"I was on the maximum that I could possibly drive and we got absolutely everything out of the car today.

"Being hunted down by Fernando is like being chased down by a bull."

Kimi Raikkonen's ninth placed finish in his Lotus meant he equalled seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher's record of 24 consecutive points finishes.

"Most of my race was just following the cars in front and defending from those behind, so not the most enjoyable day nor the most enjoyable result," said the Finn. "It's been a bad weekend, but at least we scored a few points."

Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne was celebrating his best ever finish as he secured sixth place, ahead of Felipe Massa, Raikkonen and Jenson Button.

Vergne

Jean Eric Vergne's sixth place finish was the best for Toro Rosso since 2008 when Sebastian Vettel helped them to sixth in the constructors' championship

"I'm very happy. The best result for me of course, but also the highest finishing position since Vettel's results for the team in 2008," said the Frenchman.

"It's a great result for the team as we are making progress race by race and it's very encouraging for the rest of the season."