Force India: It was not the easiest day in the office for anyone in our team
6 October, 2013
Sahara Force India was out of luck in Korea, as both Paul Di Resta and Adrian Sutil retired from the Korean Grand Prix.
Adrian Sutil VJM06-03: “I was quite unlucky on the first lap because after Massa spun everybody headed for the inside and somebody hit me on the side of my front wing. The damage was not too bad but I still had to pit for a new one. As the race went on I was able to fight back quite well, and after the Safety Car I was in P12 and not planning to pit again. At the restart I lost the rear of the car under braking for turn three. I really don’t know why because I was not braking late and the car just snapped. I hit Webber so I apologise for ending his race. It’s a disappointing end to the race because I believe there was still a chance of a point.”
Paul Di Resta VJM06-04: “I have to hold my hand up and apologise to the team. Maybe I took a little bit too much kerb and that’s sent me off the track. The way we [had] set the car up meant it had been quite edgy and difficult to drive, and that’s what has caught me out today, although whether it has cost us points is hard to say. The performance in the race was not where we wanted it to be and the front tyres were wearing out too quickly. So we need to have a rethink ahead of Suzuka and go there determined to have a clean race.”
Robert Fernley, Deputy Team Principal: “It was not the easiest day in the office for anyone at Sahara Force India and we leave Korea feeling disappointed. Paul was pushing hard after his second stop and just made a small mistake at turn twelve. It was a fairly gentle tap against the barrier, but it was enough to damage the right rear corner and end his race. Adrian also had an eventful time, being a victim of the opening lap incident at turn three. Pitting early for a new wing dropped him to the back of the pack, but he battled back and was in contention for some points. Unfortunately the damage to his rear wing led to his eventual retirement. After a tough race like that it’s important we try and bounce back in Japan next week.”
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