Maldonado could have caused more damage – Di Resta

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Paul di Resta believes the crash Pastor Maldonado caused in Spa could have taken more cars out.

Maldonado was able to keep going but Di Resta was eliminated on the spot by the collision shortly after half-distance in the Belgian Grand Prix.

“In the process of taking me out, he probably could have taken another two cars out at the same time,” said Di Resta. Maldonado had just been passed by Esteban Gutierrez when he tried to turn into the pits, clipped Adrian Sutil’s car and then made heavier contact with Di Resta’s.

“He wasn’t going to make the pits, so I don’t know what he was planning to do or where he was going,” said Di Resta. “He made quite a mess of my car. He ripped the whole side out, from the radiator back. I’m surprised he carried on.”

Di Resta, who briefly held provisional pole position on Saturday before slipping to fifth place, said he would have scored points had he not been eliminated by Maldonado.

“Points were on the cards. I got off to a bad start, falling to eleventh at the first corner, but got back up to seventh.” It was Di Resta’s first retirement since the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Have a decent tax refund coming? Buy Ayrton Senna’s 1993 Monaco-winning car

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Are you expecting a better than normal tax refund? Did you get a very nice bonus from your company due to the new tax cut?

Well, if you have a good chunk of change hanging around and potentially can be in Monaco on May 11, you can have a chance to bid on the 1993 McLaren-Ford MP4/8A that the late Ayrton Senna drove in — and won — that year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

We’re not just talking about any race winner. It’s also the same car Senna won his sixth Monaco Grand Prix, and the chassis bears the number six.

It’s also the same car Senna piloted to that season’s F1 championship (his third and final title before sadly being killed the next year) and is the first McLaren driven by Senna that’s ever been sold or put up for auction.

The famed Bonhams auction house is overseeing the sale of the car.

“Any Grand Prix-winning car is important, but to have the golden combination of both Senna and Monaco is a seriously rare privilege indeed,” Bonhams global head of motorsport, Mark Osborne, told The Robb Report.

“Senna and Monaco are historically intertwined, and this car represents the culmination of his achievements at the Monegasque track. This is one of the most significant Grand Prix cars ever to appear at auction, and is certainly the most significant Grand Prix car to be offered since the Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196R, which sold for a world record at auction.”

How much might you need? You might want to get a couple of friends to throw in a few bucks as well.

“We expect the car to achieve a considerable seven-figure sum,” Osborne said.

The London newspaper “The Telegraph” predicts the car will sell in the $6.1 million range.”

“This car will set the world record for a Senna car at auction,” Osborne said. “We are as certain as you can be in the auction world.”

While you won’t be able to take the car for a test drive before the auction, it’ll be ready to roar once you pay the price.

“In theory, the buyer could be racing immediately upon receipt of the cleared funds after the auction,” Osborne said. “All systems are primed and ready.”