Montreal: Force India drivers did well in the free practice sessions for Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix with Paul di Resta managing the fifth fastest timing and Nico Hulkenberg finishing eighth.

Resta was 11th in session one after clocking 1:16.347 in 32 laps but improved his timing to 1:15.544 in session two to claim the fifth position at the Circuit-Gilles Villeneuve.

Hulkenberg was sixth in the first session when he clocked his fastest lap in 1:15.986min but was eighth in the second despite marginally improving upon his fastest lap timing, which was 1:15.799.

Going by the practice, Scot Resta was confident of getting into top-10 in the qualifying.

"The weather was a bit of a worry today with the constant threat of rain so we had a very busy morning and probably did more laps in FP1 than we normally would. By the end of the day I was very happy with the feel of the car in terms of balance.

"Of course the ambient conditions are expected to change overnight and we need to see how that impacts us tomorrow, but based on today's performance I think we can target Q3 if everything comes together," he said.

Hulkenberg was also happy with the way things turned out in the two practice sessions.

"I enjoyed both sessions and ended the day with a very positive feeling. The balance of the car is where we want it to be and the changes we made to during the lunch break seemed to take us in the right direction. There is still a lot of homework to do this evening and room to improve things further, but it's been a good start to the weekend," the German driver said.


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