Paul Di Resta has described his exit from qualifying in the first session as “painful”, admitting that both he and the team “failed to deliver.” The Scot missed out on pitting for fresh intermediate tyres and ended up in the drop zone.
He will line up for tomorrow’s Monaco Grand Prix in 17th place, nine places behind his team-mate Adrian Sutil. The blunder cost Di Resta dearly as a top 10 position was possible, shown by Sutil’s strong lap for eighth place.
Speaking in a team statement after his Q1 exit, Di Resta admitted “We failed to deliver today, which is a real shame because we were very strong in the wet and this is the most crucial qualifying session of the year.”
He felt that they “didn’t read the conditions well enough” and that failing to strap a new set of intermediates to his VJM06 was costly. Continuing on, he said that by the time they had realised the mistake it was too late and “there was no time to pit.” Looking to tomorrow’s race, he described his starting position as “painful” given the good speed he had in the car.
Adrian Sutil had previously admitted to not feeling confident in the car when track conditions were wet, describing the wet to dry session as “tricky.” He felt it was “important to be on the right tyres at the right time” due to the uncertainty over whether the track was drying out or the rain was coming down.
“The team did an excellent job of choosing the tyres and making the correct decisions” exclaimed Sutil, before adding “I also need to think my crew who worked so hard to fix the car in time for the session after the incident this morning.” The German found the barrier at Massenet during the third practice session.
His target for the race? “A podium is my target and there are seven cars ahead of me, so with a good strategy anything is possible.”
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