Di Resta “frustrated” after wheel nut problem

2013 Malaysian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Paul di Resta, Force India, Sepang, 2013Paul di Resta said the Malaysian Grand Prix was a missed opportunity after retiring from the race.

Di Resta was forced to retire after a very long pit stop during which the team struggled to change his front-left tyre. The team eventually retired both cars due to wheel nut problems.

“The big thing is obviously, we’ve missed a big opportunity as a team,” said Di Resta after the race. “I think given our performance the whole weekend, we showed very strong.”

“We obviously got stuck behind Adrian at the first pit stop and lost about 15 seconds. But we were fighting, we were were coming back through strongly. At points probably the second or third quickest car on the track.”

“It’s a bit frustrating because I think ultimately without that we would probably have got about a seventh place. We go away from here with frustration.

“Hopefully we can address the situation for China but we’ll come back fighting. The car essentially is looking quite strong and the next three weeks can’t come quick enough in my books.”

Team owner Vijay Mallya said: “Unfortunately things went wrong in the pits when we experienced an issue with our captive wheel nut system at the first stop, which resulted in major delays for both cars.”

“The issue occurred again at the second stop and it became apparent we would not be able to solve it during the race. As a precaution we were forced to retire both cars and will have a full investigation.”

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