Hectic race for di Resta

By on Sunday, November 4, 2012

Paul di Resta claimed two points courtesy of a ninth place finish despite a collision at the start of the race.

di Resta was involved in contact at Turn one that left him with a puncture.

"Quite a hectic race for me but I’m happy to come away with some points considering the way the race unfolded", he said.

"I’m not sure what happened going into turn one because I had a great launch and moved ahead of Nico, but on the exit of the corner I realised immediately that I had a puncture. That cost me a lot of ground, but the first safety car brought me back into play".

"We were going to try and run to the finish without stopping again and I was up to fifth place, but when the safety car came out for a second time the team called me in for fresh tyres. In the final stages our pace was strong and I moved ahead of the Toro Rossos, but I just could not get ahead of Senna. He was in the DRS zone of Massa and I just could not make the move so I had to settle for ninth".

Nico Hulkenberg was the victim of the shunt and admitted he had nowhere to go.

"I made quite a bad start and had a poor run going into the first corner. Then I just got sandwiched by the cars around me go. I think there was my teammate, a Sauber and a Williams around me, and there was not enough space. I tried to back out of it, but it was too late. There was contact between the cars and that was my race over", he said.


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