Silverstone (UK): Force India driver Paul di Resta achieved his best-ever qualifying position by capturing the sixth slot on the grid while Adrian Sutil will start Sunday's British Grand Prix in the 11th place.

Resta continued to improve his lap-timing in successive sessions and finally clocked 1:31.929 in Q3 to settle for the sixth position, just behind McLaren's Jenson Button.

Before this, the eighth position on the grid for the Chinese Grand Prix was Resta's best qualifying result.

Resta has not scored points in the last six races and this grid-position is a good opportunity to end the point-less streak for the Scottish driver.

Sutil (1m 32.617s) made the Q2 and looked like making the Q3 as well but Button's last minute super effort in which he jumped from 13th to fourth with 1m 32.273s, pushed the Force India driver to 11th.

It was again one-two for Red Bull with Mark Webber claiming the Pole and defending champion Sebastian Vettel behind him.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was third, followed by his teammate Felipe Massa.

India's Narain Karthikeyan will not race on Sunday as his Hispania team gave the racing seat to new recruit Daniel Ricciardo, who will start last (24th) on the grid on Sunday.

Resta said he would work to hard to convert a fine grid position in a fine result in his home race.

"To be here for my first British Grand Prix and to be starting in sixth place feels great. The car has shown very strongly in every session and even in the wet on Friday we were very comfortable.

"Maybe there was a little bit of luck at the end of Q3 when the rain started again, but I think that in the worst case scenario I would have ended up in eighth. Hopefully we can carry the performance into Sunday and come away with a strong result in my home race," he said.

Sutil missed on Q3 but was satisfied with overall show of the team.

"I'm quite happy with this qualifying session. The track conditions were tricky because it was a little bit wet at the beginning of Q2 and the track was constantly improving as it dried. We made the right calls with the tyres and made the most of the conditions so I'm quite happy with the outcome."

Vijay Mallya, chairman & team principal, is hoping that both the drivers will finish among points on Sunday.

"The weather conditions have been challenging for everyone over the last couple of days, but we've remained focussed on the job and found a good balance with the cars despite the lack of dry running. I'm very proud of what Paul has achieved today. Adrian, too, has felt very comfortable and we are now well placed to get both cars in the points on Sunday."

(Agencies)