Force India got both cars in the points for the first time this year – then got a boost from the stewards when Michael Schumacher was relegated.
|Adrian Sutil||Vitantonio Liuzzi|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’15.318 (+0.257)||1’15.061|
|Average race lap||1’24.876 (-0.004)||1’24.880|
Beaten by his team mate in qualifying for the first time this year, partly through having to abort one lap due to Vitaly Petrov’s crash in Q2.
But with Nico H?‚??lkenberg not taking up his place on the grid Sutil was immediately promoted one place and ended the first lap behind Liuzzi.
When Liuzzi pitted, Sutil was released, but he wasn’t quick enough to keep up with the Mercedes.
Got into Q3 but when the race started Sutil caught up to him and was clearly being held up by his team mate. The team probably brought Liuzzi in early to give Sutil some clean air – it’s not as if Liuzzi needed to pit to preserve track position.
Sutil got ahead of him through the pit stops and Liuzzi proved unable to keep up with him.