Paul di Resta says he was simply caught out by rivals as he crashed out of the Italian Grand Prix on the opening lap.
Di Resta hit the back of Lotus’s Romain Grosjean, damaging the front left hand side of his Force India.
“It has been one of those weekends to forget, starting with the brake failure yesterday and the early retirement today,” he said.
“I just got caught out going into the second chicane because the cars ahead of me got backed up – I guess they were reacting to the tussle going on ahead of them. I locked both fronts trying to stop the car and ended up hitting Grosjean. Unfortunately it was too late to take avoiding action.”
Di Resta was later reprimanded by the stewards for his actions.
Adrian Sutil also failed to finish after retiring late on with a brake issue.
“A tough race today and in the end we had to retire the car because of issues with the brakes,” he said.
“I tried my best and I don’t think we could have delivered any more because I was on the limit throughout the race. The pit stop was good, but the team had to hold me on the exit because [Pastor] Maldonado was coming in, which meant I lost a position to [Esteban] Gutierrez.”
“I was able to pass him again on the track, but there were some quick cars with fresher tyres and there was no way to hold them off. Points were not too far away, but overall we didn’t have the pace this weekend.”