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GP Week : Issue 127
10 Heidfeld, di Resta refuse to kiss and make up THE after-effects of Nick Heidfeld and Paul di Resta’s lap 1 crash at the Nurburgring could drag on. Di Resta’s race was ruined by the Turn 3 collision in Germany one week ago, and the Scottish driver is still waiting for an apology from his German colleague. But Heidfeld has not attempted to make amends with the Force India driver, as he does not believe he was at fault when the two men collided. Asked if he was disappointed by Heidfeld’s lack of an apology, di Resta told the media: “Yeah, because it was pretty blatant. I lost more out of it than he did. He was the one that committed the crime. You’ve got to [apologize when you do something wrong], haven’t you? It’s only right you do it, but whether they accept it or not is another thing. At least make the effort.” Heidfeld appears to be nursing his own grievance with di Resta, a hangover from the pair’s Montreal collision. “In Canada people thought he crashed into the back of my car, and rather than apologize, he blamed me,” the Renault said. “So why should I go and apologize? [At the Nurburgring] I locked up the front, he turned in front of me – I couldn’t do anything any more – and the stewards decided to give me a penalty. You have to live with that. It was a racing incident; I’m okay with them penalizing me, but no special reason.” The bad feeling between the pair threatens to colour the rest of the season. Renault currently sit well ahead of Force India in the constructors’ championship, but the gap is narrowing. Force India have been improving on both qualifying and race pace, while Renault team principal Eric Boullier has spoken publicly of his dissatisfaction with his team’s drop in performance. With di Resta and Heidfeld currently at loggerheads, the best place for them to do the talking is out on track.