Di Resta “gutted” as Force India slump goes on

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After a strong start to the season things have taken a bad turn for Force India in recent races.

Neither of their drivers looked likely to reach the top ten in qualifying at Monza, Adrian Sutil retired on the penultimate lap with braking problems and Paul di Resta took himself out at the start, crashing into Romain Grosjean.

The team racked up 59 points over the first eight races but have only scored two in the four races since. Force India’s points drought coincides with the move towards more conservative tires which began at the Nurburgring in reaction to the spate of high-speed failures seen during the British Grand Prix.

Di Resta, who has not scored a single point since the tyres changes, told the BBC he was “gutted” with the Monza result.

“It has been one of those weekends to forget,” he told the BBC.

“I lost sight of the corner because of the cars in front which bunched up more than I expected. I tried to take avoiding action, to place my car in the middle, but I couldn’t really go anywhere and I hit Grosjean’s car fairly hard.

“I obviously didn’t mean to do it – I wasn’t trying to overtake anyone. It was just the concertina effect I was unaware of.”

Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:

CARS

2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars

BIKES

 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions

 

TRUCKS

Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.

QUADS

Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.