Paul di Resta has dubbed the Italian Grand Prix as a weekend to forget, after the Scotsman endured a whole host of issues which culminated in an incident on the opening lap which practically obliterated his front-left suspension and forced him into retirement. The 27-year-old is now looking ahead to Singapore later in the month.
Force India’s woes began on Saturday morning during preparations for the qualifying session, when Paul di Resta’s VJM06 was struck with a brake disc failure during final practice. The Scotsman managed to qualify 14th for the race, right in the middle of the highly competitive midfield section along with the likes of Romain Grosjean, Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton. At the start of the race Paul di Resta dropped to down to 15th position, before misjudging his braking for the second chicane at Turns 4 and 5. This resulted in a collision with rear of Romain Grosjean’s Lotus, and the end of his race.
Adrian Sutil was also unable to finish the Italian Grand Prix, after the German driver was forced to retire on the penultimate lap due to further brake issues despite being officially classified as 16th. This saw the Silverstone-based outfit fail to score a single point for the first time since Hungary earlier in the season, as they continue to try and recapture 5th in the Constructors’ Championship from McLaren.
“It has been one of those weekends to forget, starting with the brake failure yesterday and the early retirement today.” Explained a downcast Paul di Resta, “I just got caught out going into the second chicane because the cars ahead of me got backed up – I guess they were reacting to the tussle going on ahead of them. I locked both fronts trying to stop the car and ended up hitting Grosjean. Unfortunately it was too late to take avoiding action. Now we need to look forward to Singapore and put this one behind us.”
Paul di Resta was later reprimanded for the incident in question, after the race stewards elected to investigate the incident after the race. The race stewards, headed by former F1 driver Danny Sullivan, stated that: ”The driver made an attempt to avoid the collision by trying to drive between cars #8 [Grosjean] and #15 [Sutil], but in doing so collided with car #8.”
This has been the fourth race in succession that Paul di Resta failed to finish within the points, however the Briton remains ahead of his team-mate by 11 points in the Drivers’ Championship. Paul di Resta will be striving for a competitive race weekend next time out later this month, when the sport heads back to Asia for the one and only night race around the streets of Singapore. Last season the Scotsman finished a highly competitive 4th for Force India, a result which remains his personal best in Formula 1.
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