Tyres mix-up punctured Di Resta’s dreams at Silverstone

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By Alex Kapadia

Rookie F1 racer Paul Di Resta was on course for an impressive result in his debut British Grand Prix yesterday – until a pit-stop mix-up over tyres set him back on the track.

The young Scottish driver put on an impressive display during qualifying managing to start sixth on the grid and looked like he was on course for a potential seventh place at Silverstone.

But his hopes of a second top-10 finished were punctured when his Force India pit crew came out with tyres meant for his team-mate Adrian Sutil.

He then lost valuable seconds as the right tyres were retrieved.

Di Resta explained: “I got the call, I came in the pits and unfortunately the wrong set of tyres sitting there.

“There was a bit of confusion on the team’s behalf. There was not much you can do. It can easily happen.”

His troubles were then compounded minutes later when Sebastien Buemi ran over his front wing, forcing Di Resta back into the pits for a new nose.

“It’s frustrating but I’m trying to stay positive for the rest of the season,” he said.

He scored points at the opening two Grands Prix of the season but has had seven pointless races since.

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