Paul di Resta was remaining pragmatic about a disastrous Brands Hatch weekend after losing the lead of the DTM standings courtesy of a crash on the first lap.
The Scot had gone into his home round with the surprise championship lead following podium finishes at Oschersleben and Lausitzring, but any hopes he would repeat that feat at Brands Hatch were hit early on when he qualified down in 15th – the first time he has failed to make the second knockout stage.
Things failed to improve on race day when di Resta became the innocent victim of a collision at Druids on the first lap, the JAWA4U.de sponsored Mercedes being pushed into the gravel trap during the fracas.
“It was a disappointing weekend as a whole,” he told Crash.net Radio
. “We qualified at the back and when you qualify at the back then it is always likely that something is going to happen and something did happen between Scheider and Winkelhock. I braked to avoid them but my team-mate ran into me.
Out on the spot, di Resta has slipped to fourth in the championship standings, although to his mind he should still be sharing the lead with Martin Tomczyk had he not seen his Laustiz points haul halved by a decision made by the DTM governing body a week later
“It is disappointing but theoretically I am on the same points because I got some deducted at Laustizring, so I should still be joint championship leader. But it's my first year and I am in my 2005 year-old car, so I am just going to have take it. I want to get more podiums and I am going to push really hard to get them.”