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GP Week : Issue 124
Kobayashi collision costs Schumacher points Mercedes’ Michael schumacher was hugely disappointed to score just a single point for his effort at silverstone on sunday, after copping a 10 second stop-and-go penalty for colliding with sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi in the opening ten laps of the race. He had been running ahead of team-mate rosberg at the time, and with Nico having finished sixth, schumacher thinks he could have finished as high as fourth or fifth. The German collided with Kobayashi at the end of the DRS zone on lap 9 into the Brooklands corner, damaging his front wing and sending Kobayashi spinning. He was subsequently dealt a 10-second stop/go penalty effectively ending his chance of a high points score, but he nevertheless worked his way back up to 9th, having dipped as low as 17th. He admitted afterwards that the collision with Kobayashi had been entirely his fault, and added that he deserved to be penalised. “My result today is a bit of a shame, and of course I am not happy about it. I think fifth or even fourth place would not have been out of question today,” said Schumacher after the race. “I would so much have wished to bring [the team] some decent points this evening when we go back to the factory for a BBQ with their families. But unfortunately, and due to my fault, I cannot. “Having used DRS for the first time in the race, I was arriving at the corner with over-run. Underestimating the effect, my braking was not good and this is how the collision happened. It was right to get a penalty... Anyway, the good thing is that step-by-step, the hard work of our team is paying off more and more, and this is a good feeling heading towards our next home race.” Pitstop blunder consigns Scot to 15th Paul di resta endured a character- building debut British Grand Prix at silverstone after a slow pitstop meant he was unable to take advantage of his best ever qualifying when he secured sixth on the grid. di resta was running seventh when he pitted for the second time on lap 24, but he lost some 20 seconds because his tyres had not been ready for his stop. Di Resta had been pleased with his pace up until then, having done an admirable job in holding onto the back of Jenson Button’s McLaren, and was leading the pack behind the leading sextet of Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren when the pitstop blunder happened. “It’s extremely disappointing to end my first British Grand Prix in P15,” said a visibly dejected di Resta. “I had a good first part of the race; we seemed quite competitive and I was able to hold on to Jenson [Button] as I concentrated on looking after my intermediate tyres. I think we made the switch to dry tyres at the right moment and we were running well.” The Scot explained that the team had prepared for a pitstop for team-mate Sutil, meaning his mechanics had to sprint back to the garage to retrieve Paul’s tyres. “I got a call to come into the pits again, but when I got there the team were expecting Adrian, so there was obviously some confusion,” he continued. “It cost me quite a lot of time because the boys had to run back in the garage and fetch my tyres. That cost us about 25 seconds, which pretty much ended my chances.” Downtrodden di Resta laments luckless debut home race 28