Sutil taken out (Force India race review)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

After their tyre blunder in Hockenheim Force India managed to make a similar mistake in the first practice session, sending reserve driver Paul di Resta out on the wrong rubber, and were fined.

The had more problems in the pits on race day but on this occasion they were completely blameless.

Adrian Sutil Vitantonio Liuzzi
Qualifying position 13 16
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’21.517 (-0.41) 1’21.927
Race position 13
Average race lap 1’30.297 (+1.929) 1’28.368
Laps 15/70 69/70
Pit stops 0 1

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Adrian Sutil

Force India’s difficulties with the softer tyres continue: Sutil has now qualified outside the top ten in seven of the last eight races having reached Q3 in all of the first four.

Ran behind Pedro de la Rosa until his fateful pit stop when he was rammed by Robert Kubica and had to retire.

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

Vitantonio Liuzzi

A faulty driveshaft boot (which stops grease leaking from the driveshaft) kept Liuzzi from getting any running on the super-soft tyre in final practice. That was just one of the reasons why Liuzzi felt he could have qualified better:

Unfortunately I hit traffic in Q2 and didn’t get a clear lap, and then lost the rear in the last corner on my last lap. I was more than half a second faster until that point so we could have got a much better position for the start.
Vitantonio Liuzzi

Liuzzi damaged the front-left part of his wing at the first corner on lap one, but more of the wing broke off at turn 11 later in the race. This brought out the safety car while he was already in the pits having his front wing replaced.

That cost him enough time to drop behind Jarno Trulli’s Lotus, which he had to pass after the safety car came in.

He moved up to 13th but was unable to pass Sebastien Buemi even when the Toro Rosso driver’s lap times began to drop off from lap 41.

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

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