MONZA, September 8th, 2013 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Force India’s retirements book-ended the race with Paul di Resta retiring before the first lap was complete due to contact with Romain Grosjean and Adrian Sutil being pushed back into the garage on the penultimate lap due to brake problems.
Di Resta was forced to retire before completing the first lap after running into the back of Romain Grosjean at the second chicane.
“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,” Di Resta explained.
After suffering a retirement during the race and a brake failure on Saturday, Di Resta said it was a weekend to forget.
“It has been one of those weekends to forget, starting with the brake failure yesterday and the early retirement today”
Teammate Sutil began the race in 14th place after being handed a three place grid penalty for impeding Lewis Hamilton during qualifying and wasn’t far outside the top 10 when he was forced to retire with brake issues.
The German, who finished fourth in Italy in 2009, felt he had done his best and the car didn’t have the pace necessary to compete with cars on fresher tyres.
“I tried my best and I don’t think we could have delivered any more because I was on the limit throughout the race,” Sutil explained.
“There were some quick cars [Kimi and Lewis] with fresher tyres and there was no way to hold them off.”
Team Principal Vijay Mallya said the Silverstone based team needed to return to the performance experienced before the summer break if they wanted to continue competing with McLaren for fifth in the constructors’ standings.
“It’s clear we need to recapture the form we showed before the summer break if we are to continue fighting for fifth in the constructors’ championship.”