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2013-04-03 10:12

NOT BAD AT FORCE INDIA: Paul di Resta (above) was a close candidate for the McLaren seat after Lewis Hamilton left but he reckons Force India is more competitive.

LONDON, England - Young Scot Paul di Resta, having missed out on a race seat with McLaren for 2013, is now hoping to beat the English team at the wheel of a Force India F1 car.

Resta was a top candidate to replace Lewis Hamilton when the latter switched from McLaren to Mercedes but McLaren opted for well-heeled (read sponsored) Mexican Sergio Perez.

MORE COMPETITIVE

McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh admitted that choosing Perez over Resta was "a very close decision" but then the radical McLaren MP4-28 was launched and so far the 2013 Force India team has looked genuinely more competitive. Indeed the UK-based team - now ending its technical partnership with McLaren - has more than double the famous British team's early points tally.

And that's despite a terminal flaw with Force India's new wheel-nut system at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Resta said: "I've a lot of respect for what McLaren does. Although the team is struggling, it can develop - but we will be pushing to stay in front."

He was confident Force India would again have the measure of McLaren next weekend (April 12-14, 2013) in China. "Our performance so far has been far better than people expected," he said, "far better than people could possibly overhaul in two weeks."
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