Force India: Di Resta posts first retirement

2011 Turkish GP team review

Paul di Resta failed to finish a race for the first time in 2011.

Adrian Sutil Paul di Resta
Qualifying position 12 13
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’27.027 (-0.118) 1’27.145
Race position 13
Laps 57/58 44/58
Pit stops 3 4

Force India drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2011drivercolours.csv
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58
Adrian Sutil 102.105 96.565 96.443 95.604 95.437 95.222 95.8 95.718 96.039 96.205 111.638 94.971 96.815 95.337 94.03 94.105 94.161 94.409 94.263 94.003 94.347 94.351 94.96 95.356 95.658 109.969 93.312 93.077 93.496 93.388 93.248 93.082 95.689 94.705 94.23 94.011 94.039 93.668 93.813 94.658 108.688 92.695 92.07 92.691 92.563 92.304 92.234 92.333 92.119 92.381 92.447 92.383 92.673 92.876 93.565 94.189 94.794
Paul di Resta 102.477 96.665 96.266 95.739 95.457 96.091 96.214 95.763 95.849 96.149 96.294 109.718 96.19 95.279 94.755 94.279 94.347 94.259 94.523 94.61 94.509 95.32 95.81 96.537 109.961 93.912 94.288 93.697 93.842 93.568 94.194 93.939 108.672 92.813 92.754 92.52 92.704 92.594 92.696 92.519 92.761 93.019 93.581 93.926

Adrian Sutil

Out-qualified Di Resta for the first time this year.

Sutil liked the balance of the car on soft tyres during the race and used a three-stop strategy, using hards for the third stint only.

He was 15th with seven laps to go but overtook Rubens Barrichello and Sergio Perez (who mounted a spirited fight-back) to finish 13th.

However he didn’t think the car was fast enough for points:

“Ultimately we didn’t have the pace to race with the cars ahead of us and I think we got as much from the race as we could.”

Adrian Sutil 2011 form guide

Paul di Resta, Force India, Istanbul, 2011

Paul di Resta, Force India, Istanbul, 2011

Paul di Resta

Di Resta was reprimanded for missing the weight bridge in qualifying. He started one place behind his team mate.

Passed by Sebastien Buemi early on, Di Resta followed in Sutil’s wheel tracks for much of the race,

But he wasn’t able to make the tyres last as well and had to switch to a four-stop strategy.

But shortly after that his race came to an end: “As the race unfolded the pace didn’t seem quite there and that’s why we decided to change our strategy and make a fourth stop.

“When I was leaving the pits after my final stop, the team came on the radio and instructed me to stop. There was obviously a problem so I pulled up as soon as I could. It was unfortunate because the final part of the race would have been interesting on the fresh tyres.”

The team said they stopped Di Resta as they believed one of his wheels was loose following his pit stop.

Paul di Resta 2011 form guide

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9 comments on Force India: Di Resta posts first retirement

  1. BasCB (@bascb) said on 9th May 2011, 12:53

    Still, DiResta is doing very well for a rookie. But you have to agree with Sutil, that the car just is not up to the job.

    Having a shot at the podium in India would be a major supprise now.

  2. Dev said on 9th May 2011, 15:54

    i think it could be money issue with this team Mallya wanted to raise money via GDRs for Kingfisher airlines but there is no investor appetite for airline stocks. also it seems this year that Mallya is spending more time with his IPL team than with F1… with the least amount of upgrades they are not that far behind in terms of pace when we consider that the teams around them are bringing quite a few new solutions.

  3. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 9th May 2011, 22:52

    Shame for Di Resta but it had to happen sooner or later. And about time Sutil out qualified him!

    • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 10th May 2011, 7:45

      If the reports of his stepfather’s suicide Thursday night are true, that had to have had an effect on his focus over the whole weekend. My heart goes out to his family, and under the circumstances I’m impressed he performed as well as he did.

  4. ScottishNotBritish said on 10th May 2011, 9:28

    It’s a shame that Di Resta was forced to retire because I really think it could have worked out for him. In his third stint he was lapping 1.5 seconds a lap faster than his teammate, and with fresher tyres in the last few laps I’m sure he could have made some passes – probably not enough to take a point, though.

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