Paul di Resta insists his relationship with Force India remains good, despite two rounds of hefty criticism – after Monaco and most recently Canada – and reports of a garage scuffle where punches were thrown.
The Scot was not only heavily critical of the team’s qualifying strategy in Monaco, when he said that the way Force India left him in the Montreal pits with a “minor problem” during the best track conditions last Saturday was “clearly not acceptable”.
After that, report of a scuffle between the 27-year-old’s trainer and a team mechanic were not denied by the Silverstone based team.
Still, di Resta insists that his angry criticism of Force India was “taken constructively” by the management.
“Everybody in the team felt the same,” he is quoted by the BBC. “The person who made the mistake apologised and I’m fully supportive of that.”
“Looking back, I don’t think I was too harsh. When you work with the team so closely, it’s good to have that heat because you need to show your emotion,” said di Resta.
“If I’d made a mistake twice, I’d be kicking myself and the team would come down hard on me – and rightly so.”
Di Resta moved on from his horror Montreal qualifying to finish a solid seventh on Sunday, on the occasion of Force India’s 100th Grand Prix.
“We regrouped,” he said, [we] “showed [that] we can do it and, as far as my relationship with the team is concerned, it’s still good.” (GMM)
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