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.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.
Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.
“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”
Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.