Di Resta feels “robbed of seventh place”

2013 Australian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Paul di Resta, Force India, Melbourne, 2013Paul di Resta said he was pleased Force India scored seventh and eighth place in the Australian Grand Prix but believed he should have been the driver in seventh place.

“I feel a bit robbed of a seventh place given the way our strategy was and where I was in the final stages of that Grand Prix,” he said after the race.

Di Resta finished behind team mate Adrian Sutil who was struggling with his super-soft tyres in the final stint.

“Seventh and eighth for the team is quite good it’s just a shame really we got stuck behind Jenson [Button] on a three-stop at the beginning of my second stint. And essentially that’s what loses you a lot of track position.”

However he said the car’s performance and how easy it was on its tyres gave him optimism for next week’s race at Sepang. “We’ve got some things we need to pick up on, definitely improvements, but we’ve come here with quite a strong car.”

“Already we can do a stop less than some cars so relatively hopeful for a high degradation place like Malaysia that we can hopefully go there and do something positive again.”

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  1. If he wanted the seventh place he should’ve taken it.

    A great race for Sutil, it’s a real shame they put the super-softs under him or he might’ve been higher.

    1. it’s a real shame they put the super-softs under him or he might’ve been higher.

      Yeah, only to be disqualified afterwards for not using both compounds…

      1. Well, mayve they could have gotten on them later, not sure @roel-f1,@tmekt

        1. In hindsight, yes. But when he swapped, my friend who is a fan asked me if they will last that long, and I told him that due to the much lighter fuel loads, and the track being much more rubbered in he should make it fine.

          Obviously Force India thought so too!

      2. Oh he didn’t start on options, ….of course he didn’t, whoops sorry my bad :D

        1. You don’t get disqualified for not running both sets of tyres, it’s a 30 second time penalty. Maybe this year it will work out best for someone to take the penalty at some point.

          1. David not Coulthard (@)
            17th March 2013, 9:08

            Isn’t it 20 seconds?

          2. No, that’s only the case if the race is suspended and cannot be restarted. If the race is completed, any driver who didn’t use both dry compounds is DQ’d. See 25.4(f) here: http://www.formula1.com/inside_f1/rules_and_regulations/sporting_regulations/8680/fia.html

    2. That’s tantrum for Di Resta, did you watch his interview, he kind needed the attention after his teammate led the team and paced really well, I don’t care if he is right, reality is that Sutils strategy was better.

      1. The strategy, of course, that Di Resta couldn’t actually use because he outqualified Sutil and thus got into Q3 and had to start on the tyres he qualified on.

  2. If we go by that thinking, should Sutil feel “robbed of 3rd” because the team pitted him earlier than proved the way to go in afterthoughts? Lame excused already from Di Resta then.

    Didn’t he start from 9th. Sutil from 12th, but did the more impressive job.

    1. Aditya (@adityafakhri)
      17th March 2013, 8:35

      he’s not reffering to Sutil’s but his own-given strategy which cost him time with another midfielder.
      if Di Resta wanted the reverse strategy like Sutil, he should sat out in Q3.

    2. David not Coulthard (@)
      17th March 2013, 9:13

      should Sutil feel “robbed of 3rd”

      Perhaps, but I think he’ll appropiately keep silent about it.

      @adityafakhri But hindsight’s just so awesome, isn’t it?

    3. @bascb
      Di Resta isn’t referring to strategy as much as the fact that he was given team orders not to pass Sutil in the closing laps despite being 2 seconds a lap faster than him.

      1. In my opinion it doesn’t change all that much @mhop. I would think its more logical if we would hear Sutil “complain” they made the wrong strategy call by calling him in for SS tyres when they did than for Di Resta to complain about holding station in the last stages of the race.

        I can understand why he is not too impressed by it, but that is no reason whatsoever to talk about being robbed if a place. In the end Sutil regained a bit of pace after 2 laps, the team needed both to finish and DiResta could be a bit of a rear guard for Sutil against the likes of Button, Grosjean and Vergne who were not that far behind.

  3. The whining begins.

    1. Yeap, he’s a whining bitch!
      I think this year the whole world will be convinced that Di Resta is nowhere near as good as he (and some) thinks he is

  4. Expected nothing else from the man whose mouth moves quicker than his right foot..

    1. Haha. Guess that explains Kimi’s speed then?

      1. lol. Good one!

  5. He went on about this twice. Seriously, I don’t get what he is on about.

    He was up against Sutil as a rookie and got beaten by him, Hulkenberg came into the team and beat him and now Sutil has come back after hardly any testing and completely out performed him.

    Di Resta should only be annoyed at himself for being completely overshadowed by his team mate… again.

    1. I agree. Very disappointing the supersofts did not work for Sutil in the last stint. The sponsor will be pleased though, with the amount of laps he lead the race. All in all not a bad result for Sutil on his comeback. I must admit DiResta did better then I thought; good qualifying and finishing 8th, just behind his team mate. He maximised his potential today imo.

    2. I was going to comment, but @TommyB has said all that needs to be said on this point!

    3. Lets hope they have another look at bringing Bianchi into the team in a race or two. This time to partner Sutil.

    4. I’m not sure he was completely outperformed- for one thing, Di Resta made it to Q3. And for another, that is one factor which seriously aided Sutil.

    5. He went on about this twice. Seriously, I don’t get what he is on about.

      He was up against Sutil as a rookie and got beaten by him, Hulkenberg came into the team and beat him and now Sutil has come back after hardly any testing and completely out performed him.

      Di Resta should only be annoyed at himself for being completely overshadowed by his team mate… again.

      I think that comment is + ({WRLD_POPULTN} – [{PAUL_D’R} + {HELICOPTER}])

  6. Nick.UK (@)
    17th March 2013, 8:30

    Di’Resta should just shut up and congratulate his team mate for putting in a camera time worthy performance… unlike himself.

    1. Camera time worthy performance – I like it!

      Sutil did great.

      Many drivers wrecked their tyres by setting times right after they pitted.

    2. @nick-uk @tommyb89
      The usual ignorant comments on here about di Resta.

      Di Resta is obviously disappointed because he was given team orders not to overtake Sutil in the closing laps despite being 2 seconds a lap faster than him. I thought people on here were usually against team orders?

      How people can say he was ‘outperformed’ by Sutil this weekend is ridiculous. He made Q3, outqualified Sutil by 1.2 seconds, and without team orderrs would have beaten him in the race despite a heavily compromsed strategy. Unfortunately we have a lot of people on here that only comprehend what the TV cameras show them and little else.

      What is more the irony of people moaning and whining about someone else supposedly moaning and whining never ceases to amaze.

      1. @mhop

        What is more the irony of people moaning and whining about someone else supposedly moaning and whining never ceases to amaze.

        Welcome to the internet…

  7. Is it only me or di Resta always paints himself as a victim of something or someone?

    1. @armchairexpert – Personally, I think Paul di Resta is far too concerned with the future than he is with the present. He always goes out of his way to explain how his poor results weren’t really his fault, and I think he does it because he wants team principals to look on him favourably so that he can get a better seat in the future.

    2. andrew simmons
      17th March 2013, 9:11

      Yes. I call it the ‘Jenson Button syndrome’ after his constant ‘balance, tyres, oversteer, understeer or graining’ complaints. Even when he wins he makes out it was the hardest thing since resurrecting Christ himself.

      1. +1! haha

    3. You are not alone. DiResta should have been an ambassador in his past life

  8. So sick of his whining. Wah I was overlooked by Ferrari/McLaren etc. even though I was beaten by both my teammates. Wah I was robbed of 7th even though my teammate raced far better than me.

    1. Of course he was overlooked by top teams. Those need a driver that performs well in the car not under the ‘wailing wall’.

  9. Aw, come on. It’s always someone else’s fault, isn’t it?

  10. DiResta sounds like he thinks he’s entitled to more. Not just now but also last year when he voiced his disappointment over not getting a seat in a “better” team.

  11. Why is it always someone/something else Paul?

  12. Well, it’s quite understandable for Di Resta to crack down, right? After all this is the 3rd year in a row when he’ll probably get shredded to pieces by his team mate (the same who did it in 2011). That can’t help his “make a better team notice me campaign”.

    I’d be furious too…

  13. back to his old habit. Always whining. Either blames the team, other drivers or conditions

  14. “I feel a bit robbed of a seventh place given the way our strategy was and where I was in the final stages of that Grand Prix,” he said after the race.

    Meanwhile, Adrian Sutil is probably feeling a bit robbed of a possible third place finish. Seventh place is a pretty poor consolation prize given his performance throughout the race. Nevertheless, he did a lot more to earn that seventh place than Paul di Resta did, so I find myself totally without sympathy for di Resta missing out.

  15. I was genuinely shocked when I saw the headline. He feels robbed of 7th? More like he could have stolen 7th for himself, but didn’t.

    I think F3 and DTM success went to his head, and he hasn’t improved significantly enough since he came into the sport to get the top drive he feels he deserves.

    1. And the constant media hype and public reassurance from Dario is not helping…

  16. I really think Kobayashi should replace Di resta.

  17. Your quote says it all @keithcollantine, he should look at the positives, not blame circumstance and lack of overtaking someone for doing even better. Especially since 7th is his teammate who did it himelf, no one will be very interested to hear that.

  18. The headline is misleading.I thought he got a team order telling him not to overtake Sutil and hence felt robbed.This guy is really a whiner, have never seen him stick a good overtaking move.A better driver could have easily overtaken Sutil in the closing stages.

    1. The headline is not misleading, it’s a direct and accurate quote as you can see from the text of the article.

      However as it turns out he was given a team order.

  19. Soon Di Resta will be whinging why he’s not the global face of F1!

  20. It’s not the greatest quote in the world saying “robbed”, but to counter all the bashing that’s sure to happen, consider the intention as : “Had we been able to get around Jenson, we would have easily taken 7th today” and it pretty much lines up with reality. Everyone here seems to see his attitude as whining, but I always interpret him as simply summing up where the results could have been improved. That’s my personal attitude when I work on projects, etc is to look at where improvements can/could have been made.

    For a completely fun hypothetical, he could have been told by the team not to attack Sutil. IIRC Di Resta’s pace dropped significantly the last 2 laps, which may have been his old tyres going off, or may have been him having been told to bring it home.

    1. Well, words do matter @darak, Vettel for example just said he lost time and tyre life behind Sutil, no need to feel robbed, do better next time.

    2. Maybe if English would not have been his mother tongue (I don’t count Scottish there :-) ), I would go with that one, but now not really.

      It probably was made as a remark to feeling his team held him back – see what Keith posted below – but still its not the best thing to say or feel about it.

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