Paul di Resta has apologised to his Force India team after crashing out of the Korean Grand Prix. The Scot lost control of his car on at turn 12 on lap 29, hitting the barrier and retiring from the race.
It was a disappointing day for Force India after team-mate Adrian Sutil also retired due to crash damage. With McLaren scoring another double point’s finish, they continue to slip back in their fight for fifth in the constructor’s.
Explaining his race exit in a team statement di Resta said: “I have to hold my hands up and apologise to the team. Maybe I took a little bit too much kerb and that’s sent me off the track. The way we’ve set the car up means it has been quite edgy and difficult to drive, and that’s what has caught me out today, although whether it has cost us points is hard to say.”
He added: “The performance in the race was not where we wanted it to be and the front tyres were wearing out too quickly. So we need to have a rethink ahead of Suzuka and go there determined to have a clean race.”
Team-mate Adrian Sutil retired in the closing stages after contact with Mark Webber. He too had some apologising to do but this time to the Red Bull driver after ending his race.
Speaking after the Korean Grand Prix he said: “I was quite unlucky on the first lap because after Massa spun everybody headed for the inside and somebody hit me on the side of my front wing. The damage was not too bad but I still had to pit for a new one. As the race went on I was able to fight back quite well and after the safety car I was in P12 and not planning to pit again.”
Discussing his crash with Webber on lap 36 he said: “At the restart I lost the rear of the car under braking for turn three. I really don’t know why because I was not braking late and the car just snapped. I hit Webber so I apologise for ending his race. It’s a disappointing end to the race because I believe there was still a chance of a point.”
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