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. Second race in succession that Di Resta’s team mate has outperformed him by some margin while leading for multiple laps…

    1. @magnificent-geoffrey
      Di Resta “outperformed by some margin”? Are you serious? Do you have your eyes open? Di Resta outqualified Sutil by 1.2 seconds, and despite running a suboptimal strategy would have finished ahead of him had he not been given team orders.

      Maybe you should consider the facts before posting.

      1. @mhop Yes, my eyes were open. They were too busy watching Sutil lead the Grand Prix to notice what Di Resta was doing. Just like I was busy watching Hulkenberg lead thirty laps in Interlagos and only noticed Di Resta when he crashed out of ninth with two laps to go.

        Di Resta thinks of himself as a real future star, but the way his form fell away last year after he missed out on the McLaren drive and was soundly outclassed by Hulkenberg in those final eight or so races means I do have some very reasonable concerns about his true potential. He’s a good driver, but I don’t see him as an elite one.

        1. You clearly watch Formula 1 on a very superficial level.

          Which is fine but it’s frustrating to read ignorant comments.

          You are of course entitled to yur opinions but I would say that Sutil, Di Resta and Hulkenberg are all potential elite drivers.

          1. I am sorry to feed your frustration @mhop, but telling others their comments are ignorant only makes reading yours a really unpleasant job, and it won’t help bring any discussion forward really.
            Maybe it would be better if instead you gave more thought to understanding what others actually write before just putting down their comments for expressing a view very different from yours.

        2. So Sutil finished 1.2 seconds ahead of Di Resta because Di Resta was ordered to hold station, despite using a clearly superior strategy – one Di Resta couldn’t use because he outqualified Sutil (and because the tyre rules are retarded), and he “outperformed Di Resta by some margin”?

          Not seeing it. At best, his margin was 1.2 seconds.

  2. Interesting quote from Bob Fearnley, which puts di Resta’s quote in context:

    “Paul probably could’ve passed Adrian in the closing laps, but he held station to ensure we brought home the strong team result.”

    So is di Resta saying he was robbed… by his own team? Heh. That would endear Paul to them pretty quickly. ;)

  3. Force India have confirmed Di Resta was told to “hold station” behind Sutil at the end. So I wonder if his words here were motivated more out of frustration with that.

    1. team work is important in F1. Its not like Adrian and Paul were for victory/championship

    2. David not Coulthard (@)
      17th March 2013, 9:45

      ….So he may be right afterall.

    3. And Sutil’s pace did get better towards the end, don’t think Di Resta would have cracked him. Have a look at the last three lap times compared the the three before that.

      1. It got better relative to di Resta, because di Resta was holding station. Relative to Button it was still terrible.

    4. I guess they are. Still, not much to win from passing your teammate in the dying stages of the race, and risk a tangle. And Sutil did do the hard work to earn that spot.

      1. @bascb
        How can you say Sutil did the hard work? Di Resta outpaced him on a suboptimal strategy. Your comment makes no sense at all.

        1. You keep describing Di Resta’s strategy as suboptimal. How exactly would you describe Sutil’s?

          Yes, Di Resta could likely have passed him after it became clear that the team messed up Sutil’s tryre strategy if it was not for the team order. But based on the performace of Sutil in the race, did you even consider that Force India made the observation that if either of their two drivers are to win a race this year or make a go at the title it will be the stronger of the two – which again, based on today’s performance is clearly Sutil. It made sense to keep Sutil ahead. It keeps him in the best position possible if he is to make a bid for the title.

          1. @mhop (Sorry meant to tag you in the above response)

          2. Thanks @nick-uk for pointing out the flaw in mhops thinking there.

            Given that DiResta did get the better of Sutil, and started several spots in front of him, I would certainly say Sutil did a better race!

          3. @nick-uk @bascb @malleshmagdum
            I read a lot of people saying that Sutil was somehow let down by poor strategy. That Force India got their strategy wrong by bringing Sutil in “early” for the Super Softs. This is just wrong.

            He HAD to move to Super Softs on lap 43 because by that that point his mediums were at the end of their lives (25 laps).

            Although people got very excited watching Sutil run at the front it was a false position. It was inherent in Force India’s strategy that he would be slow at the end.

            At the end he had to run 12 laps on the Super Soft. Di Resta managed 8 in the opening laps with tyres that already had four laps on them from qualifying, so in that way they were in the same position. (Indeed it should have been harder for di Resta given he was running the Super Softs with a full fuel tank.)

            Sutil drove a great race (he’s a great talent) but all I’m arguing, from pure fact, is that his race pace was no better than di Resta’s.

            Sorry that I’ve offended some people. I do respect others’ opinions (i.e. you obviously don’t rate di Resta, which is fine), but I will try to point out factual inaccuracies where I see them.

            From my point of view (if you’re interested) di Resta is one of the best racers in the midfield. With the exception of a few races at the tail end of last year he has been a remarkably consistent, strong performer in his short F1 career. Look at his record at Australia: three Grand Prix and scored in every one.

            Compare that to the of Maldonado who throws his car in to walls/gravel traps/opponents, has only ever looked fast compared to Bruno Senna, and scores about 5% of the car’s potential. Yet all I read on here is constant plaudits about Maldonado and constant abuse of di Resta!? The incessant negativity thrown at di Resta is very sad and disappointing.

        2. @mhop All through this article u hv made strong comments against ppl not aligned with ur view. Respect others’ views too.
          Why is Sutil the better racer?
          Because pure skill to lead a grand prix and nt screw up. Sutil has crashed out of good positions in 2009 just because he couldnt handle the pressure of being there. This time he did it.

  4. I am not PDR’s biggest fan, far from it but if he was told to hold station near the end and bring the car home I can sort of understand his grievance but bloody hell he’s the guy behind the wheel why not grow some and do some ? Overtaking that is.

    I had to laugh when watching the thrill of the singing of Australia Fair and the excitement of the race start getting nearer …only to be followed by the blandness that is Paul di Resta’s questioning by NP. That guy makes Andy Murray look positively exciting!

  5. Anthony Bosley (@)
    17th March 2013, 10:31

    I think the the team made the right decision to tell Di Resta to hold position behind Sutil.
    Obviously Sutil was losing over a second a lap to everyone behind him, and should Di Resta had overtaken him, then it’ll take away that safe buffer and potentially letting more cars through.

    So using Paul as a block while Adrian struggled AHEAD to make it home = more points for the team.

    1. Jenson Button was about six seconds behind di Resta in 9th; it is very unlikely he would have had enough laps to catch Sutil.

      di Resta is entitled to be unhappy with FI, but really he should be directing his ire at the FIA. If it wasn’t for the stupid “race on the tyre you qualified on” rule he’d have been able to use the same strategy Sutil did and would very probably have made as good a go of it.

  6. Paul Di Resta “Robbed of 7th place” by driving in DTM for 4 years.

  7. Uh-huh…is this Paul DiResta or we are reading the diary of a wimpy kid?
    Adrian Sutil rules. Too bad that the tyres let him down…..

    1. @amadeus
      Mate, the tyres are the same for everyone.

      1. Sure, mate. Too bad that the objectivity is not the same for everyone…..especially for Sutil. Do you hear me, Keith?

  8. HelloTraverse
    17th March 2013, 18:51

    What is wrong with Sutil? You think he would’ve learnt his lesson after his recent shinobi indiscretion. But no, here he is robbing his own team mate…*sigh*

  9. People saying Sutil performed much better than di Resta here are actually mistaken. It was di Resta who performed better in qualifying and got into Q3, but this meant he had to start on the super soft tyre. As we saw with Sutil, the Force India did not perform well on this tyre and this put di Resta back into the traffic in the midfield. Sutil, meanwhile, was able to run long and mix it up with the leaders (giving the impression of a stronger performance) before dropping back to being only three seconds ahead of di Resta once he put the super softs on. It seems popular to bash di Resta at the moment, but reading the quotes I think he has a point.

    1. A voice of reason!

  10. So di resta feels robbed of seventh due to a short stint at the beginning on super softs, and his teammates race was destroyed by the same tyres going off in 3 laps, so he wants … more abrasive tracks?

    The man makes less sense every time he opens his mouth.

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