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Paul Di Resta - channelling his inner Nigel?

The well-known outburst from the Scotsman was quickly forgotten as he delivered a splendid seventh in Montreal.
Thursday, June 13, 2013

June 13th, 2013 (F1plus/G. Keilloh).- Don't wash your dirty linen in public. Keep everything in house. Win as a team; lose as a team.

We're all aware of the maxims. And it seems that for whatever reason Paul Di Resta isn't abiding by them currently.

Barely a race weekend has gone by this season without him offering a public barb at his own team, and so it continued in Montreal after qualifying when Di Resta squarely blamed them for his dropping out in the first session, having apparently decided to keep his car in the pits to work on a non-crucial gearbox fault while the track was at its quickest in changeable conditions.

On the face of it, such comments don't seem too clever, both in terms of the goodwill he gets from his own squad upon whom he relies as well as in advertising himself to potential employers from further up the grid (and there's little secret that Di Resta has ambitions in that direction).

It's not clear what inspires it: whether it is an emotional nature, or else an insecure one that feels it necessary to make sure everyone knows if he feels that a poor result of his wasn't his fault.

But perhaps it's instead the case that he likes to raise the stakes, and gets motivation from giving himself nowhere to hide.

In other words, once he's criticised the team in public he has little scope to not get the job done himself. With this one is put in mind of Nigel Mansell, another who was never likely to win awards for intra-team tact and geniality.

Many who worked with Nigel most closely reckoned that this is where he got a lot of his motivation to perform: taking the view that the team was out to get him and never being shy to haul them over the coals.

Whatever the case, Di Resta - just as was the case with Mansell for the most part - can be said in 2013 to be getting the job done where it really matters, including in Canada where he finished seventh after a rapid and perfectly-executed one-stopper.

Presumably, so long as Di Resta delivers on track as he is doing the team won't mind his lack of diplomacy too much. In F1, it's amazing the capacity good results have to make other problems go away.
 

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