Di Resta gutted after first-lap collision
8 July 2012 – There were differing fortunes for Romain Grosjean and Paul di Resta following their Lap 1 contact at Silverstone. The former charged back through the field to an impressive sixth position, but the Scot was left to survey the action from the Force India garage.
The collision occurred at Aintree Corner as the pack battled for position, with Grosjean’s left-front wing endplate slicing the right-rear tyre of di Resta’s car.
“I just turned into Turn 4 with no tyre pressure, it was punctured,” a downcast di Resta explained. “There is nothing you can do. While trying to make it back I actually went off at Becketts and damaged the floor quite badly – and that is where all of the important aerodynamic parts are.
“It’s not been a great weekend; the weather’s hampered it but the sun is now out, with the fans here in their numbers. Conditions couldn’t have been any better for us, so it’s a shame.”
Statistically, the result marks only the second time di Resta has failed to finish a Formula 1 race. The first was at last year’s Turkish Grand Prix, when he suffered a wheel problem.