The jinx seems to be over for Force India as Paul di Resta grabbed a fifth spot in a scintillating qualifying session at the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix, Spa Francorchamps, Belgium on Saturday.
Earlier things could have turned well for Force India as Di Resta was in sight of a terrific pole position but later he was pushed to fifth.
"Fifth place on the grid is a great result. At the start of Q3 I knew that I wanted to go straight out on the intermediates. It was a brave decision and the team let me go ahead with it, while the others chose dry tyres. I knew it was our best chance to get up towards the front of the grid and it paid off," Di Resta said.
Adrian Sutil will start at 12th position at the grid in Sunday's race. The third qualifying race (Q3) started amid rain which died down towards the end of the session. For a long time it seemed that di Resta was about to enjoy his first pole after the team got him out before conditions deteriorated further, the Scot lapping in 2m 02.332s.
"It's a shame that the rain stopped a bit too early because there were only a few cars that were quicker than us in the wet and they just got ahead at the end of the session. The main thing is we are in a strong position for tomorrow and we will come back tomorrow ready to fight," he added.
Image: Paul di Resta
Photograph: Sahara Force India