Mallya: Drivers need to calm down

Date published: June 23 2011

Force India owner Vijay Mallya has warned drivers Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil against over-enthusiasm after they blew their chances in Canada…

Force India owner Vijay Mallya has warned drivers Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil against over-enthusiasm after they blew their chances in Canada.

Di Resta, especially, was left bitterly frustrated after incurring another drive-through penalty – following on from one he served in the previous race in Monaco – he criticised as “ridiculous”.

The Scot was running fifth at the time at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve when he collided with Renault’s Nick Heidfeld, with the stewards seeming to unfairly lay the blame at his door.

Di Resta then still had a shot at finishing in the points late on, only to spin into a wall after running on to a damp part of the track as he attempted to overtake Williams’ Rubens Barrichello.

Sutil’s race, meanwhile, was virtually identical as he too served a drive-through penalty for causing a collision with Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg before spinning out late on and hitting a wall, breaking the left rear suspension.

“It was a weekend of unrealised potential as the luck did not go our way,” said Mallya.

“Both drivers were a little over-enthusiastic, but this is all part of racing and we will take the disappointment on the chin and come back stronger next time.

“It was all the more frustrating because the car was extremely competitive, we had a good strategy and we missed a chance to pick up some big points.”

Heading into Sunday’s European Grand Prix, Di Resta believes the Valencia Street Circuit should play to the strengths of the team’s cars.

In his rookie season, it is yet another track on which he has had little experience, although he feels it will not take him long to get up to speed, and with hopes high of a points finish.

“It’s difficult for me to talk much about Valencia having only done one practice session there last year,” said Di Resta.

“What I do remember is that I quite enjoyed the track and it wasn’t too difficult to learn.

“Although it’s a long lap there are not that many difficult corners and the main characteristic is the long straight.

“Because of that I think Valencia is another track where we will see a big advantage with the DRS (moveable rear wing) which should make for some good opportunities for overtaking.

“Tyre wear will also be a crucial factor for the weekend because it’s another street track and it’s difficult to predict how the tyres will perform.

“In terms of my objectives, I think I’d be fairly happy if we can be pushing to make the top 10 in qualifying and racing for points.”