Paul di Resta, Force India, Sepang, 2013

Di Resta: Aborted Q2 lap was team’s call

2013 Malaysian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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