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.”

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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