Bathgate’s Paul di Resta missed out on a potential sixth place in the Singapore Grand Prix after a mystery problem caused him to crash just five laps from the end of the race.
The 27-year-old Scot, who had started the race from 17th in his Sahara Force India, had worked his way up to tenth with five laps to go.
Tucked up behind the rear wing of the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, who went on to finish fifth, Di Resta’s car careered into the barriers at the left-hander at Turn 7.
“I don’t know what caused the problem, and the guys in the team are completely mystified,” the disappointed Scot, pictured in action below, said.
“I did nothing different entering the corner to what I’d done the previous lap, yet the car just wouldn’t turn in and as a result I ended up in the barriers. I know it didn’t look good, but sometimes things happen to cars which are outwith anyone’s control. It’s important now that he guys find the cause.”
It was a sad, frustrating and disappointing end to the race for Di Resta, who had driven a fast and cleverly calculated drive to maximise his car’s tyre-wear at a track on which he finished fourth last year.
“I made a really good start, he continued. “I immediately got past my Sahara Force India team-mate, Adrian Sutil, and stayed on the right-hand side of the track as we approached the first left-hander.
“I managed to take a few more cars and by the end of the opening lap I’d moved up to 12th. After that, it was a case of settling into a good, solid and quick routine. My first stint was excellent. Our tyre management was right on the button, and we went 21 laps before stopping. But despite making his way back up to fourth before his final pitstop, the technical failure to his car rendered all his, and the team’s hard work futile.”
The race was won by Red Bull’s world champion Sebastian Vettel, who delivered a completely dominant and masterful performance in a race where the safety car was deployed.
The German cruised effortlessly to a 32.627sec victory ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, to stretch his world championship lead to a near uncatchable 60 points with six GPs remaining.