It was only a throw-away line from Di Resta, but it highlighted the relaxed manner in which the Scot has dealt with the issue.

After initially qualifying a career-high fifth in his Force India, scrutineering found Di Resta to be 1.5kgs under minimum weight which resulted in him being dumped to the back of the grid.

Given his qualifying woes of late, asked whether he was cursed, Di Resta joked: “Well, I’ve been eating a lot of pies this week. Scotch ones too. I don’t know what’s going on. When I was told about the weight I couldn’t help but laugh about it. I was so much more relaxed than I thought I would be.”