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Di Resta hits out at Canadian penalty

Paul di Resta attacks decision to hand him a penalty in Montreal
Paul di Resta has labelled the decision to hand him a drive-through penalty in the Canadian Grand Prix as 'ridiculous'.

The Force India driver was running in fifth place after the race was halted for two hours due to heavy rain and looked well-placed to challenge for his best F1 result yet before clashing with Nick Heidfeld at the final corner.

Contact with the Renault driver while trying to get ahead into fourth place saw di Resta forced to pit for a new nose, which dropped him down outside the points.

The Scot was then handed a drive-through for the incident – the second race in succession that he was given such a penalty – but he admitted he was far from happy with the decision taken by the stewards.

"It definitely needs investigating,” he was quoted by the Daily Record. "This time it was definitely not deserving of a drive-through penalty, which was precious in terms of time.

"Heidfeld came in front of me yet I still made the corner so I didn't batter him. It's not even harsh, it's ridiculous. I don't see how I was at fault for that."

Di Resta ultimately failed to finish the race after clipping a wall while trying to make up places late on.



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MikeG - Unregistered

June 14, 2011 3:07 PM

The stewards need to take a more lenient stance in the interest of good racing. Di Resta was already penalised by having to pit for a new nose. The drive through penalty served nothing expect to wield the big stick. This is a race !!! Soon all drivers will be too scared to try any overtaking.



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