June 30, 2013

I pity the Paul

Paul di Resta will start Sunday's race from the back of the grid © Sutton Images

Poor Paul di Resta. Time after time he drives his heart out, and time after time something goes wrong beyond his control, negating those efforts.

Saturday evening at Silverstone brought the news that the Scot and his car were found to be 1.5kg underweight in the post-qualifying scrutineering session, resulting in di Resta being excluded from the results and pushed to the back of Sunday’s grid.

This is not the first instance of di Resta’s strong performance being undone by forces beyond his control. In Malaysia, the Scot suffered at the hands of some faulty wheel nuts that saw Force India retire both of their drivers. Prior to his retirement, di Resta had delivered an impressive performance, recovering from delays in the pits and making up a lost fifteen seconds on track before his afternoon was brought to a premature end.

The Chinese Grand Prix saw di Resta deliver another strong recovery drive following a first lap incident with Adrian Sutil, one that cost the Scot two or three places on an afternoon that ended with a respectable P8.

In Bahrain, di Resta came within grasping distance of a podium finish – having led the race at one stage – losing third place with only six laps remaining to a charging Romain Grosjean on fresher rubber. While the Frenchman delivered a solid performance that afternoon, di Resta lost his place due to strategy, and not as the result of errors of his own making.

Montreal saw di Resta deliver an excellent performance to finish in seventh place from a grid position of P17, but the poor qualifying result was not of his doing. The team discovered an incorrect gearbox setting and elected to change it during Q1, and in so doing cost their driver his best chance of a clean lap on a dry track.

The British Grand Prix will see di Resta start out of position for the third race in a row, an unlucky statistic for any driver. But it could be a treat for the fans, should the team elect to rebuild the car and start their man from the pitlane, giving him the best possible chance to fight his way up through the pack in the manner he proved himself to be so capable of in Canada.


Posted by Wilson on 01/07/2013

He's a good driver but certainly not the cream. Moans too much even though he is in one of the most improved teams in recent years (besides Minardi/Torro Rosso).

His best option is Kimi's place at Lotus, but he'll find there are many drivers out there who'll be just as strong contenders to that seat.

Should just get on with it and worrry about Sutil who's doing well.

Posted by R PRAVEEN on 30/06/2013

both adrian and paul have been extremely unlucky in quite a few races....in malaysia, adrain in bahrain with a puncture while coming in contact with massa. gutierrez crashing into the back of sutil in china. qualifying position for paul in monaca, canada and silverstone. so force india lost quite a few points which could have seen them being about 70 points in the constructors championship.....hard luck but force india await a bright future. everybody has been talking about them since the year started because they have been consistent, putting both the cars in top 10 regularly. wishing force india all the best in the near future.

Posted by Adrian Williams on 30/06/2013

Given his achievements in a not so well funded Force India compared to Toro Rosso, he has to be a prime candidate for the second Red Bull seat.

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Kate Walker is the editor of GP Week magazine and a freelance contributor to ESPN. A member of the F1 travelling circus since 2010, her unique approach to Formula One coverage has been described as 'a collection of culinary reviews and food pictures from exotic locales that just happen to be playing host to a grand prix'. Kate Walker