Di Resta laments lost points after crash
25 August 2013 – Paul di Resta was left to rue what might have been after a race-ending clash with Williams rival Pastor Maldonado during Sunday afternoon's Belgian Grand Prix.
Having fallen down the order from his third row grid slot, the Force India driver was battling over the tail-end points when he was taken out by Maldonado, who had darted back across the track after a failed pass on Esteban Gutiérrez at the final chicane.
"After the second pit-stop I was racing closely with Adrian [Sutil] and there was a train of four cars battling as we went into the final chicane. Pastor went in deep and missed the apex so I tried to get the cut-back and was going around the outside. He then decided to try and enter the pit lane, which was impossible given his track position.
"As a result he hit me, which took the rear corner off my car. It’s a real shame because the speed was quite strong and I think there was definitely a point or two up for grabs."
Maldonado said of the dramatic incident: "I had a collision with di Resta in the final corner when our lines crossed as I was entering the pits. It was a difficult situation because I was fighting hard with the Sauber and I didn’t see di Resta on the outside as I turned toward the pitlane. I tried to brake to avoid the accident but it was too late."
Sutil salvaged two points for Force India after ending the race in ninth position.