Malaysian GP team-by-team: Force India

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

More points but a second consecutive mechanical failure for Force India.

Adrian Sutil Vitantonio Liuzzi
Qualifying position 4 10
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’50.914 (-1.34) 1’52.254
Race position 5
Average race lap 1’40.883 (-15.793) 1’56.677
Laps 56/56 12/56
Pit stops 1 0
Malaysian Grand Prix lap times: Force India
Malaysian Grand Prix lap times: Force India (click to enlarge)

Adrian Sutil

Finally delivered on the promise he’d shown in the first two races with a solid run to fifth. Qualified fourth in the wet session, 1.3 seconds faster than his team mate.

Lost track position to Robert Kubica at the start and never managed to make it back. But was untroubled by the appearance of Lewis Hamilton in his mirrors at the end of the race and kept the faster McLaren behind for the best part of 20 laps.

Compare Adrian Sutil’s form against his team mate in 2010

Vitantonio Liuzzi

Picked up two places at the start but retired with a throttle problem on lap 12.

Compare Vitantonio Liuzzi’s form against his team mate in 2010

7 comments on “Malaysian GP team-by-team: Force India”

  1. I have a strange feeling that Liuzzi will not finish the season…

    1. Really…? He has scored in two races, contributing a fair amount to the points tally of Force India.

      I love how one retirement warrants criticism!

      1. US Williams Fan
        6th April 2010, 0:37

        “I love how one retirement warrants criticism!”

        Couldn’t agree more. I’d like to see Sebastian Vettel’s thoughts on that too!

        I’ll bet that he Liuzzi is in the top ten in China for that matter.

      2. I love how one retirement warrants criticism!

        Liuzzi has been some way off Sutil’s pace in qualifying: have a look here

        1. That is true, but Sutil is a very quick driver, just accident prone… He was overlooked at Mclaren back in 2008.

          Liuzzi hasnt done a bad job in the time he has been at the team, and I’m sure there is more to come.

          It is true that Paul di Riesta is probably kicking his heels at the back of the garage, but for the moment while both drivers continue perform as well as they do, I think that is where he shall stay

    2. That feeling is very strange indeed! Can’t believe people like you sometimes!

      @James – Totally agree, and to add.. when that retirement is due to a car breakdown!

      1. Jarred Walmsley
        6th April 2010, 8:54

        Indeed, i’m not sure why you think that zpol as the others have said he scored points in the first two races and his retirement in this one was due to a mechanical fault, just because he is worse than his team mate in raw pace doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be kept

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