Heartbreak for Di Resta as his Force India fails weight check

Paul di Resta's home race weekend turns sour

Paul di Resta’s home race weekend turns sour

Paul di Resta was demoted from fifth place to the back of the starting grid for his home British Formula One Grand Prix after his Force India car failed a post-qualifying weight check on Saturday.

International Automobile Federation (FIA) technical delegate Jo Bauer said in a statement that the matter had been referred to the stewards, who subsequently excluded Di Resta from the qualifying results.

The Scot’s car was found to be 1.5 kg below the minimum weight, after all fuel was drained from the car, and in breach of the regulations.

Di Resta, who had qualified a career best-equalling fifth for his home race, is currently the second-ranked British driver in the standings, eighth in the championship, having scored 34 points this season.

Paul di Resta during qualifying at Silverstone

Paul di Resta during qualifying at Silverstone

His demotion promotes all the drivers behind him up a position on the grid for the race.

Earlier, before the penalty, Di Resta commented after qualifying, “I’m over the moon with the qualifying result and I think the whole team can feel very satisfied with fifth on the grid. I will sleep well tonight and hope that we can have a straightforward race, and come away with lots of points.”

Demotion to the tail end will make even scoring points a mighty task for the luckless Scot. (GP247)

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  • Spartacus

    Really sorry for Di Resta, but unfortunately this is exactly what has to happen.

  • Emaaduddin

    Force India will appeal against that decision. Bizarre situation actually. Di Resta weighed less than expected after qualifying. Now his weight is back to normal again.. :D

  • Richard Piers

    Poor Paul. Seems his complaints about his team are justified.
    Hope for a stunner tomorrow.

  • McLarenfan

    What a blow for Paul he must have some good luck soon

  • Fletcher

    get out of his way cause he is one pissed off driver!

  • Kuda

    Demoting him was the right thing to do. 1.5kilos can make a huge difference in formila1 ESP during quali

  • Jo bauer

    IM so gutted for Paul:)


  • Junior Johnson

    Now there is going to be troubel.This guy is so vilent I dont like him at all.He is prolly going to punch all of his mecanics after brekfist.

  • Tom Riddle

    You have to feel for a driver in this position. It wasn’t his fault, he was let down by his team. It’s such a stupid mistake to make and they should know better. There is no excuse and I’m sure questions will be asked within the team. He may be able to claw his way back to get a point or two but it’s going to be a struggle on this track.

  • Jo bauer

    the fact is he should not have been 5th on the grid it is down to PDR’s side of the garage trying it on just to get one over on Sutil.

    He should look at the top Brit in how to set a blistering pace that was 4 and half tenth quicker than his teammate the legal way.