Di Resta: Aborted Q2 lap was team’s call

2013 Malaysian Grand Prix

Paul di Resta, Force India, Sepang, 2013Paul di Resta says the decision to pit during Q2 which cost him a chance to get into the top ten was down to his team.

Di Resta aborted a lap on a dry track to chance tyres during the session but when he returned to the circuit the rain had started to fall.

“We obviously hit it wrong,” said Di Resta after Q3. “We’ve got it wrong on the pit wall, I think.”

“We should have continued the lap we were on at the beginning. We chose to abort and unfortunately on the out-lap it started raining.”

He added the team had seen the incoming shower on their radar: “Yeah they had done and essentially it was their call, they called me in, so I’m sure they’ll stick their hand up to it.

“They’re only trying to do their best job. It’s frustrating as it is at the moment, you just need to calm down slightly before you go back into the office.

“But we’re all out here to do one thing and that’s to be quick. Up until this point this weekend I must say everybody’s been at the top of their performance level we’ll keep plugging away and we’ll be constructive about it.”

“Unfortunately after such a strong weekend from where we were I think we’ve got a lot of work to do tomorrow,” he added. “But on the positive side we’ve got a strong car and essentially that’s going to be key to getting us through. We have got four sets of fresh rubber, people who’ve surrounded us will have the same but we won’t give up without a fight.”

The missed opportunity caused some friction in the garage, Di Resta’s engineer telling him “don’t shake your head at me” as the chequered flag fell on Q2. “We misjudged it,” he added. “It looked like it was a completely different tyre set.”

Deputy team principal Bob Fernley said: “It’s just disappointing, a little bit deflating, when you think you should have put them both into Q3.”

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51 comments on Di Resta: Aborted Q2 lap was team’s call

  1. Alex Brown (@splittimes) said on 23rd March 2013, 10:42

    Di Resta was wonderfully bitter talking to Jennie Gow on Radio5. It was about the most animated I’ve seen him.

  2. Klaas (@klaas) said on 23rd March 2013, 10:46

    Paul should just shut up and drive. It doesn’t help now the fact that his team made a mistake. Finger-pointing will not get him starting further up but will definetly worsen his relashionship with his engineers. Someone should tell him that.

    • Joshua Mesh (@joshua-mesh) said on 23rd March 2013, 14:34

      Honestly cant wait for this guy to leave F1. He brings nothing to the sport and I think its safe to say the only reason he’s still here is because 1) he’s British and 2) his nationality Force India’s sponsors guaranteed interviews throughout each race weekend.

      • Antonio (@frosty-jacks-racing-team) said on 23rd March 2013, 14:55

        +1. Its obvious the BBC would take interest over the last couple of years, but his ‘rookie’ time is long gone. When he started all his talk about find his feet and dealing with issues was seen as mature and intelligent. Now every time he says the word ‘we’ in an interview I wince. Seriously grow some balls and accept some responsibility that your falling into the realms of average! Your a bloody F1 driver, go take a bath in some money and cheer up.

        • Aimal (@aimalkhan) said on 23rd March 2013, 16:03

          Go back two years and everyone was hailing Di resta as the new saviour of F1. why so much hate for him all of a sudden?

          • Aimal (@aimalkhan) said on 23rd March 2013, 16:06

            Heck.. go back to the start of the season and everyone was bashing Force india for giving sutil another chance…now everyone loves him all of a sudden on the back of one good performance.

          • panache (@panache) said on 24th March 2013, 4:58

            @aimalkhan It’s a well known phrase that an F1 driver is only as good as his last race. A lot of people have no issues with completely changing their opinions on a whim and simply jump on whatever bandwagon happens to be rolling at the time.

            See opinions on the Hamilton to Mercedes move as an ideal recent example; a complete shift in opinions by the masses based solely on the first race of the season.

            You’ll get used to it pretty quickly if you frequent F1 sites that feature online discussion, or even if you just read mainstream F1 media. UK journalists are especially notorious for bigging up their sports stars only to tear them to shreds as soon as they have a provocative story to run with. The sad thing is that most people seem to buy into it.

      • Kelsier (@kelsier) said on 23rd March 2013, 21:35

        Pretty sure his gonna get fired after the season. Its going to be very interesting to see how the Diresta fanclub (brittish press) is going to explain that.

  3. Mathers (@mathers) said on 23rd March 2013, 10:50

    I am getting a bit disappointed by Di Resta’s attitude, it seems he is of the opinion that anything bad that happens isn’t his fault, and he needs to start taking some responsibility. If he felt it was a bad decision at the time he should have contested it, and if he thought it was the correct thing to do when he was told, then he is just as much to blame. Either way he cannot simply blame the team when he doesn’t do as well as he should.

    • Keir said on 24th March 2013, 5:36

      I agree! Getting fed up of his moaning and constant blaming of the team. Schumacher and Alonso have both demonstrated how to win and lose together with the team, without badmouthing them when things go wrong. Paul needs to take a leaf out of their books.

  4. sumedh said on 23rd March 2013, 10:50

    Granted it was the team’s mistake. Gives him NO RIGHT to blame his team to the media. He should learn to resolve these issues internally.

  5. Rigi (@rigi) said on 23rd March 2013, 10:52

    this guy is always complaining about something…
    i remember last year the only team radios i’ve heard from him are complaining, mostly about traffic in qualifying

    • AldoG said on 23rd March 2013, 11:36

      Alonso did that for months in a row in Ferrari last season and was considered a warrior, a fighter, a hungry driver etc etc etc. But I agree with you: it is just annoying.

  6. oakrichardson (@oakrichardson) said on 23rd March 2013, 10:53

    in the end this was just bad luck, i saw an interview with bob fernley? on sky who echoed di restas comments in that it was the teams decision because they thought the rain would not come for another 5 minutes. Di resta does sound annoyed, and sounds mildly arrogant, but he does have the right to be (annoyed) to an extent. I have to say the title of this article does make it sound like di resta was ruder about his team then he actually was.

  7. D (@f190) said on 23rd March 2013, 10:56

    “don’t shake your head at me” Haha, Di Resta on the naughty step ?

  8. DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 23rd March 2013, 11:00

    Oh dear, it seems like the prospect of getting totally annihilated by his teammate for a 3rd straight season has already got to Paul.

  9. OEL F1 (@oel-f1) said on 23rd March 2013, 11:03

    Oh come on give the guy a break, all this di Resta hating is getting ridiculous. The team made a mistake and when asked about what happened should he say it wasn’t the teams fault? Of course he’s frustrated, ok so he could’ve been more professional but he could’ve been worse as well. He didn’t say “The team, they made me lose pole, I did all I had to do…”

    PS. Not a fan of him, just saying show some respect for these guys. Stop hating.

    • John H (@john-h) said on 23rd March 2013, 11:20

      Agree to an extent, but I think the complaining has gone passed the ‘tipping point of forgiveness’ with a lot of F1 fans that are tired with his passing of blame. If I were a Force India team member I would not be happy with this. He could have stayed out and set the lap time if he wanted to, he is the one at the wheel of the car. Overrule the mechanics, do something different, take some responsibility and put your neck on the line Paul, because if this continues you will be out of a drive for 2014. It’s do or die this season.

    • Illusive (@illusive) said on 23rd March 2013, 11:23

      People are quick to judge, they did the same to sutil, saying he was a criminal and doesn’t deserve a seat, but look now, he shut a few mouths. I think PDR is talented, he just needs to concentrate more in his driving, or else he is in danger of being replaced midway.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 23rd March 2013, 15:26

      On this occasion, I am pretty sure we would have heard some emotional expressions on the radio from every driver who – being just about the only one on a lap in the dry then gets called in to abort and return to the pits, only for rain to start falling.

      What I find interesting is what they mention about the set of tyres being

      “It looked like it was a completely different tyre set.”

      – does that mean that for a moment they thought they had sent him out on a set of Adrians tyres? That would explain why it was unavoidable to pull him in, as its looked on as a pretty serious offence.

  10. William (@william) said on 23rd March 2013, 11:10

    I think we have a broken record here about the amount of whinges Paul does. He just doesn’t want to admit that Adrian is better then him and he was benched for a year. This is well and truly last year for the Scotsmen and he was eyeing a podium for this year but that has to seem of evaporated quickly.

  11. Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 23rd March 2013, 11:21

    His frustration is understood but I suspect the team called him in since he didn’t pull out a fast enough lap on that set of tires as I saw that Sutil continued. It’s disappointing to see PdR so negative about stuff. It’s understandable that it frustrates a lot and he can show his anger in the garage but it shouldn’t come out in public like this.

  12. TMF (@tmf42) said on 23rd March 2013, 11:37

    DiResta should know better – all top drivers managed to have their teams work for them not just with them.

  13. Adriaantje (@sutil2013) said on 23rd March 2013, 11:38

    And the whining continues. I hope the DIR fans noticed the difference in pace in the dry between him and Sutil. I still see not going for a Sutil/Bianchi line up as a missed opportunity for the team. FI can do without the negative vibes constantly surrounding DIR…

  14. Jake (@jleigh) said on 23rd March 2013, 12:09

    All I will say is…thank god this is his last year in f1

  15. Alex Brown (@splittimes) said on 23rd March 2013, 12:41

    He’s an easy target, and he doesn’t do himself any favours. At least he’s honest, I like that.

    • hawkii (@hawkii) said on 23rd March 2013, 13:03

      Is he always honest though? In this case I’d say he almost definitely is – however much throwing his team under the bus isn’t helping anything. In the past though he’s blamed his performances on the cars in front, the weather, bad setup choices, and in every case managed to resolve himself of responsibility in the process. He sounds more like someone in denial than someone being honest most of the time.

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