Di Resta hails Monaco as the 'highlight' of F1 but faces tough fight for points
Saturday 28 May 2011
Paul Di Resta is not expecting the unexpected to land him a shock result in Monaco tomorrow. Di Resta will compete in his first Monaco Grand Prix this weekend, the race now on his doorstep since moving to Fontvieille earlier this year.
Thursday's two practice sessions were the first time Di Resta had set a wheel on the track in six years since his days in Formula Renault. It was a baptism of fire for the Force India driver who sat out the final hour of the second 90-minute run due to a technical issue, depriving him of valuable track time.
Di Resta eventually finished 20th on the timesheet, five seconds off the pace set by Fernando Alonso in his Ferrari. Today's qualifying session is likely to be a tough one for Di Resta, and even accounting for incidents and safety cars in the race the following day, just to even dream of a podium is beyond the Scot.
"When you watch this race every year it's the highlight of F1," said Di Resta. "I can remember watching one which was wet and only six cars finished, and I can also remember the year Lewis won it [in 2008]. He hit the wall and for half a lap had a puncture, stopped, and then the safety car came out. It couldn't have been any better for him.
"There are many things that can happen here. [Team-mate] Adrian [Sutil] was on for a good one three years ago until [Kimi] Raikkonen ran into the back of him, so it will be interesting. But a podium? That is a bit unrealistic. However, if we came away from here having scored points then we would be delighted."
Meanwhile, Jenson Button will be turning Japanese this weekend courtesy of a new diamond-encrusted helmet design. For the seventh successive season, diamond makers Steinmetz have teamed up with McLaren for the showpiece event of the Formula One calendar.
On this occasion Button has dispensed with the Union Jack that has traditionally adorned his helmet, and instead opted for a predominantly Japanese theme, all in red and white, in sympathy with the victims of March's earthquake and tsunami. "I love Japan and they are going through a very difficult time at the moment. It's to show them that there are a lot of people thinking of them," Button said.
Manny Pacquiao secures $12.5m mansion by giving seller four tickets to 2 May fight with Floyd Mayweather
Dan Hardy column: Is the hype around UFC sensation Conor McGregor justified?
Malaysia Grand Prix 2015: Nico Rosberg refuses to back down on blocking claims after Lewis Hamilton's lightning start to season
WWE WrestleMania 31: What time does it start? Full match card and preview ahead of event
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
- 1 Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with 'topics' as country reforms its education system
- 2 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 3 Watch: Man takes selfie every mile of 2,600 mile hike, creates amazing timelapse video
- 4 The day I starred in Only Fools and Horses
- 5 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz wanted to 'do something people would remember him for'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew