2011 Australian GP team review
Paul di Resta scored a point on his debut for Force India after the Saubers were disqualified.
He also out-qualified his team mate after Adrian Sutil spun during qualifying.
|Adrian Sutil||Paul di Resta|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’31.407 (+4.668)||1’26.739|
|Paul di Resta||107.562||95.807||95.741||95.552||96.121||95.223||97.583||95.754||95.045||96.007||94.697||94.991||95.188||117.09||100.248||93.502||94.023||93.436||93.362||94.545||94.172||93.14||94.336||94.067||95.284||93.087||92.923||92.788||93.166||92.665||92.89||92.872||93.198||92.756||93.054||115.102||100.552||93.694||92.422||91.941||92.168||92.177||93.833||92.125||92.389||92.486||92.805||92.636||92.953||92.593||92.979||93.059||94.403||94.5||94.419||96.305||96.35|
The sector times in Q2 suggested Sutil was not going to make it through to the final ten but he was clearly giving it his all.
But the car got away from him as he activated his rear wing coming onto the pit straight and he spun, avoiding heavy contact with the pit wall thanks only to his lightning-fast reactions.
He lined up 16th and gained four places in the jostling at the start. On lap nine he went past di Resta but ended up behind his team mate again after their pit stops.
With di Resta now on hard tyres Sutil went by again. He ended the race in 11th and was later promoted to ninth.
Paul di Resta
Di Resta had to sit out the first practice session as reserve driver Nico Hülkenberg was given a run.
Nonetheless he qualified 14th, two places ahead of his team mate, and got up to tenth at the start. He tried to take ninth off Kamui Kobayashi on the outside of turn 11, but failed, and Sebastien Buemi passed him.
He ended the race behind his team mate having backed off. He said: “Adrian and I were on different strategies and we had to fuel conserve toward the end. That’s why the gap opened up.”
Drove in the first practice session.
2011 Australian Grand Prix
- Hamilton and Button expect more from McLaren
- Sauber will not appeal Australia disqualification
- 2011 Australian Grand Prix: complete race weekend review
- Who was the best driver of the Australian Grand Prix weekend?
- No home advantage for Webber at Red Bull
- Relief at McLaren after last-minute changes pay off
- Ferrari look for answers on missing pace
- Collisions spoil Mercedes’ start to the season
- Petrov fires Renault with fine drive to first podium
- Unreliability and driver errors hold Williams back
Browse all 2011 Australian Grand Prix articles
Image © Force India F1 Team