Vijay Mallya has conceded that Paul di Resta's current dip in form is a direct consequence of the new tyres that Pirelli are producing.
A brilliant six-race point-scoring streak was curtailed after the British Grand Prix. This was incidentally when the Italian manufacturer began to alter the construction of the tyres, following the multiple punctures that were picked up at Silverstone.
Those top ten finishes were even better performances than they first seem, when you consider that qualifying mix-ups meant that the Scot started 17th or lower in Monaco, Canada and Britain.
But an 11th place finish in Germany was succeeded by an even poorer 18th at the Hungaroring last time out.
And the Force India team principal has now publicly reasoned why one of his drivers is now suddenly struggling for grip and pace.
Speaking to Sporting Life, Mallya argued: "The tyres have played an important part in determining performance the whole season.
"We invested in resources to understand the tyres better and that worked for us very well, which is evident in our position as we are fifth in the constructors' championship. But after Silverstone the tyres changed. It would be fair to say we are going up a steep learning curve to try and understand these tyres better.
"In the last race in Budapest, Paul in particular struggled with his tyres all weekend. They did absolutely nothing for him. He was unusually uncompetitive. And you know Paul's track record. Whenever we as a team have made a mistake and he has had to start from a position he shouldn't have, he has finished in the points, but in Hungary nothing worked for him."
Di Resta was unable to move through the field in Budapest, which is uncommon for him in 2013. It is true that it is difficult to overtake at the Hungaroring, but he found no trouble making up eight places around Monte Carlo on a Sunday.
With the summer break currently presiding, the team have a chance to get to understand the new construction of these Pirelli tyres, and hopefully return their driver back into the points. This sentiment is echoed by the Force India supremo.
"Hungary was forgettable as far as I'm concerned, but hopefully we'll get on top of the tyre situation before the next race in Belgium, and come back as strong as we were from then on," concluded Mallya.
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