Paul di Resta, Force India, Silverstone, 2013

Di Resta sent to back of grid as car fails weight check

Paul di Resta, Force India, Silverstone, 2013Paul di Resta has been excluded from the results of qualifying after stewards found his car was under the minimum weight limit.

Di Resta had qualified fifth for Sunday’s race. But his car failed a weight check conducted after the qualifying session.

The stewards ruled Force India had committed a “Breach of Article 26.1 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations and Article 4.1 of the FIA Formula One Technical Regulations as defined in Article 1.9 of the FIA Formula One Technical Regulations.”

Technical delegate Jo Bauer explained how Di Resta’s car was found to be underweight:

“After the third qualifying session car number 14, driver Paul Di Resta, was weighed 641.5 kg, 0.5 kg under the minimum weight as required by Article 4.1 of the 2013 Formula One Technical Regulations.

“After this the car was completely drained in order to establish that the minimum weight of the car without fuel, 642 kg, was respected at all times during the qualifying practice sessions. Then the car was weighed again without any fuel on board and weighed only 640.0 kg, 2.0 kg below of the minimum weight.

“The scales were checked with the calibrated weights supplied by the organizer of the Event and they showed 599.5 kg when checking with 600.0 kg of weights. Taken this 0.5 kg into account, car 14 is still 1.5 kg below the minimum weight as required by Article 4.1 of the 2013 Formula One Technical Regulations.”

Di Resta will be allowed to start the race from the back of the grid.

Jules Bianchi was given a reprimand after failing to stop at the weigh bridge during the qualifying session.

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81 thoughts on “Di Resta sent to back of grid as car fails weight check”

    1. After just 8 rounds Force India have made 4 (!!) disastrous mistakes with di Resta’s qualifying.

      Malaysia: out in Q1 because team called him in to pits just before rain started.
      Monaco: out in Q1 because team told him to stay out on old intermediates.
      Canada: out in Q1 because team kept him in pits when track was at driest.
      U.K.: sent to back of grid because the team under weighted the car.

      He’s still doing a fantastic job – scored in every race he’s finished – but it’s so bitterly disappointing that with the great potential in the car they’re not able to hook it all up.

      1. On the same point, in his last two seasons I can only remember di Resta suffering this kind of error once: Spa 2011 (out in Q1 because team told him to back off, thinking he was safe, only to be pipped by Kovalainen at the last second).

        So in his first 39 races di Resta he suffered from operational errors 2% of the time.

        This season, when the car has the best chance of scoring points, that figure has risen to 50%! These things seem to happen just when you don’t want them.

      2. Hm, from one of the articles I remember reading a line that hinted at the reason for the lack of weight possibly being a weight loss of the driver that was unexpected

  1. Tough stuff, especially at his home race. The multiple interviews by Sky and BBC with di Resta tomorrow should be interesting at least!

    1. That’s going to be the worst part. Hours of droning and complaining from the man with the personality of a wet sock.

      He’s got every right to complain, mind you. I just don’t want to listen to it!

      1. the man with the personality of a wet sock

        While I’m starting to like and respect Di Resta for his performances on track after a long period of considering him the next Nick Heidfeld, that is by far the most apt description I’ve read of the man as we see him in interviews! Haha well done!

      2. AllofmyYES!

        Don’t get me wrong, Di Resta is a high quality driver and no doubt a good guy, but dam! I practically fall asleep whenever he is being interviewed.

    2. What Di Resta should do is get quiet and drive harder.

      Everybody is expecting him to hammer his team and whing about too many spanners in the works. That is when a high calibre driver doesn’t say a word, just puts his head down and pushes to the max. Not saying anything more in this case than that’s the way it goes, we’ll do the best we can and then doing it will scar him for life. Everybody knows he’s been compromised by his team, rise above it and drive like a man possessed! Use a 2 stop strategy and get into the points. That is what an upcoming driver looking to move up does. I would love to see him do it.

      Can he do it? Yes.

      Will he do it?

      1. I hope he does. Would be nice to hear an interview:

        Pinkham: Well Paul, what happened?
        PDR: The car was underweigth, we don’t know exactly why, but its a big shame after a great qualifying (Mind NO words about the team messing up)
        Pinkham: What do you make of all these issues?
        PDR: Oh, well, we can’t change it now. I am going to start from the pitlane, my guys will do a cracking job to prepare that car and I will just go for it in the race.

  2. That’s a shame. Feel sorry for him. After putting in all those efforts, achieving P5 and then startling from the back of the grid. Not the best thing to happen !!!

    1. With a total of 4 races at least partially hampered by the team (including Malaysia), I have a feeling Di Resta might want out, even if it’s another side move, akin to Hulkenberg.

      1. Really??? No matter where di Resta will have to start, he almost certanly will finish higher than Nico Hulkenberg. Of course it must be frustrating, but it could’ve been worse. Much worse.

    1. If memory serves me correct, it would be Hungary 2006, when Robert Kubica was disqualified from 7th for being 2 kilos underweight in his first start.

  3. I’ve often made jokes about Paul di Resta looking miserable all the time, but the man has every right to be completely filthy with Force India about this.

    The third Saturday in a row when his qualifying has been ruined because of a misjudgement by the team. Absolutely unacceptable.

    1. It is pretty unlucky. Given last year he also put in a great performance and then was hampered in the race by misfortune you do have to feel for the guy!

      1. In 2011 (his rookie season) di Resta qualified a superb 6th at Silverstone, so he obviously goes well there.

        Also, read a few people saying that 5th would have been di Resta’s career-best qualifying performance. That’s not actually right. He qualified 4th in Monza 2012 (although, he was also demoted that day – a gearbox grid penalty)!

  4. Although this report says

    Di Resta will be allowed to start the race from the back of the grid.

    the BBC article says he may have to start from the pit lane because adding ballast would constitute a setup change.

    Whatever happens, it’s going to be interesting to watch his progress tomorrow!

      1. Yep, or he could wear some heavier overalls, go to McDonalds for dinner tonight, make sure he drinks a lot of water before the race.
        I was just putting the possibility out there really…

  5. Disastrous. Gross negligence on Force India’s part. After out qualifying his teammate and being best of the non-RBR, non-Merc drivers and having a fairly racy car, he must have been in for a shout of some good points at his home race yet bad fortune strikes again. Quite sad, but there is nothing that Paul can do about it.

        1. @mhop I really don’t know, but I do remember reading somewhere it isn’t massive. No more than Β£900,000 – which is a lot to you and I, but not a lot compared to some of the other guys on the grid.

    1. Where has all of this “di Resta to Red Bull” nonsense come from?

      Given his lacklustre performances, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was coming from di Resta himself. I’m pretty sure he – or at least his people – was the source of the rumoured McLaren move last year.

  6. I like Force India a lot as a team, but this is the third weekend in a row that they’ve messed up Paul’s qualifying. I feel so sorry for him, he did a fantastic job today :(

  7. That’s horrible. He was perfectly set up for a fight with tire eating Mercs. Now we get to watch him scramble his way back up the field because of his team, which is entertaining, but not what he deserves at this point.

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