London, Mar 14: Force India driver Paul Di Resta said that he is not disappointed by the minor error at last season’s Japanese Grand Prix that left undetected damage, which slowed his car for three vital races and cost him a five million-pound pay deal.
The Scottish driver, who was set to win last year’s battle with German team-mate Nico Hulkenberg over who would replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari, said that he had found himself launched into the barriers after his car stumbled over loose dirt thrown on the circuit by other cars, the Mirror reports.
Although the minor accident took Di Resta and his engineers three races to realise what was wrong, along with costing him a œ5m move to Mar nello as Ferrari decided to stick with Felipe Massa, and McLaren opted for Sergio Perez, backed by Carlos Slim, the world’s richest man, the Force India driver said that he is not disappointed over the incident.
Stating that he and his team have come ahead of the incident similar to flicking a switch, Di Resta said that he and his team were down on straight line speed for three Grands Prix and, after changing various different components, the last thing they changed was the monocoque in Abu Dhabi.
Di Resta finished the race ninth and his team-mate was unclassified, but Hamilton’s decision to sign for Mercedes triggered a chain of events that saw Hulkenberg signed by Sauber just four days before Di Resta was back in the game, the report added. (ANI)