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Shattering premature end to Di Resta's race

Paul Di Resta certainly had an eventful afternoon of it in Sao Paulo on Sunday, even before his race ended prematurely with a crunching impact against the wall at the Subida dos Boxes.
Force India's Paul di Resta certainly a turbulent time of it in the 2012 F1 Grand Prix of Brazil, with the weather playing havoc with his race strategy and sending him for a spin on more than one occasion.

The Scot gained three positions on the first lap of the race to run in seventh place behind Felipe Massa in the opening laps before the worsening conditions in Sao Paulo forced the team to call di Resta in for a change to intermediate tyres on lap 10. "It was a very tricky race and not easy to make the calls with the weather constantly changing," said di Resta.

"With Paul we played a slightly different strategy with an early switch to the intermediate tyres, as most teams did," explained Force India's deputy team principal Bob Fernley.

Like others who switched to intermediates at this point, di Resta found that the tyres 'cooked' without enough moisture on the track to keep them cool and as a result was forced back onto pit lane just eight laps later for a set of new hard compound tyres.

"Ultimately we made the wrong decision to switch to the intermediates in the early stages, because the track began to dry quite soon after my stop," rued di Resta.

"I went back to the slicks just before the safety car came out," he explained. "That brought us back into play, but I struggled for grip at the restart and lost a few places," he said, referring to a spin that dropped him briefly all the way to the back of the field in 21st place.

However, as the race wore on and other pit stop strategies came into play, di Resta made rapid progress and by lap 30 he was running back up in seventh place again.

He improved on that to break into the top five on lap 55, but the weather was by now taking another turn for the worse by this point and di Resta needed to pit for a new attempt at the intermediates.

"When we went back to the intermediates in the closing stages we were more competitive and I was up in eighth place," he said. But intermediates couldn't deal with the amount of water now starting to pool in the final section of the Interlagos track, and di Resta was the unfortunate driver to feel the consequences on the penultimate lap of the race.



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SJ - Unregistered

November 26, 2012 6:14 PM

I hope FI get a better strategist next year. Every race they opt for different strategies for both drivers? Be brave - go for the strategy you think best, stop hedging your bet. Di Resta has talent but has not been good enough for the last 6 races. If he stays he needs a better Engineer, and better strategist, and he needs to be more positive. He may have one last change? grasp it and try to overtake, not just survive the race and see if points arrive.



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