Paul di Resta has spoken of how he has had to simply accept and brush off the bad luck that has been blighting his recent qualifying form following his exclusion last weekend at Silverstone.
The Scottish driver was deemed to be underweight after finishing an excellent 5th last Saturday, forcing him to start the race from the back of the grid. di Resta bounced back well though, charging into the points come the checkered flag.
When asked about his luck, di Resta quipped: “I’ve been eating a lot of pies this week.
“It was on Saturday when I got told about the weight, I couldn’t help but laugh about it. I was so much more relaxed than I thought I would be, but I suppose the sense of relief was I knew it didn’t influence the qualifying result. We qualified 5th so it didn’t take any of that away.”
di Resta was deemed to be 1.5 kilograms under the weight limit, meaning that it did not have a great influence on the pace of the Force India as he reached the top ten after two Q1 exits in Monaco and Canada. However, he was quick to take the positives out of the situation.
“You just go through stages like that. I just hope I’m not having to overtake as many cars in this grand prix, not from the position I start. I suppose in that sense we went forward quite a few positions, the racecraft’s pretty strong.”
This will be di Resta’s second grand prix at the Nurburgring, having finished P13 in 2011.
Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.
The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.
“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.
“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.
“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”
The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.
Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.
Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.
McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.