Force India's unforced errors
The Malaysian Grand Prix turned out to be a forgettable experience for Sahara Force India whose drivers had to retire mid-way through the race yesterday owing to faulty wheel nuts.
Both Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil struggled with their pit stops before retiring on lap 24 and 29, respectively.
The trouble started when Di Resta and Sutil were called simultaneously for the first pit stop as the Scot waited for his turn.
The problem with the wheel nuts persisted for the their next two stops before the team decided call the cars back in the garage.
A double retirement was the first one for Force India since Japan 2010.
They remain in fifth in the team standings with 10 points which they earned in Australia.
Lewis Hamilton offered an apology to his new Mercedes teammates after he committed the cardinal sin of driving into the wrong pitstop garage — that of his ex-employer McLaren.
Hamilton prompted gasps and guffaws when he drove up to his bemused former McLaren colleagues in his first pitstop of the Malaysian Grand Prix, before being waved on to the Mercedes garage.
And there were ironic cheers when Hamilton, a long-time McLaren employee before switching teams this season, stopped in the right place for his second pitstop.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso (top) was left ruing a costly miscalculation which forced him to retire in the second lap of his 200th grand prix.
Alonso’s front wing was damaged in a collision with Sebastian Vettel, but instead of pitting for repairs he ploughed on — with the wing collapsing shortly afterwards and jamming under his wheels.
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