Spanish GP team-by-team: Force India

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

More points for Sutil, more woe for Liuzzi at Force India.

Adrian Sutil Vitantonio Liuzzi
Qualifying position 11 16
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’21.985 (-0.869) 1’22.854
Race position 7 15
Average race lap 1’28.137 (-1.081) 1’29.218
Laps 66/66 64/66
Pit stops 1 1
Spanish Grand Prix lap times - Force India
Spanish Grand Prix lap times - Force India (click to enlarge)

Adrian Sutil

Sutil extended his run of qualifying victories over his team mate to 5-0, but failed to reach Q3 for the first time this year.

However he made up three places at the start and, despite leaving his pit stop late, managed to hold on to eighth place. With Robert Kubica unable to pass him, Sutil was seventh at the flag.

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

Vitantonio Liuzzi

Liuzzi was once again some way off his team mate’s pace in qualifying. He also lost ground at his pit stop and was running outside the points when his engine failed with two laps to go. Here’s his verdict on the race:

I lost a little time getting away from the pit stop but then the balance with the hard tyres was getting better. By that point though we had got caught in the traffic because of the faster cars coming by. Once they had all gone and we got some clean laps we could show a decent pace so we can be quite happy at this aspect.
Vitantonio Liuzzi

But the lap time chart (above) shows he only really got on Sutil’s pace at the very end of the race.

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