Adrian Sutil, Force India, Barcelona, 2011

Force India hold back on aerodynamic upgrade

2011 Spanish GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Adrian Sutil, Force India, Barcelona, 2011
Adrian Sutil, Force India, Barcelona, 2011

Force India brought a substantial aerodynamic upgrade to the Spanish Grand Prix but took it off the car after Friday.

Deputy team principal Robert Fearnley said: “We reverted back to our older spec aero platform because we haven?t really found the crossover we hoped to achieve with the new introductions. That?s why we felt it was safer to stick with a known quantity.

“We will take another look at our new concept and try to develop it through for Monaco, but I expect it to be a phased introduction over the next two or three races.”

Adrian Sutil Paul di Resta
Qualifying position 17 16
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’26.571 (+0.445) 1’26.126
Race position 13 12
Laps 65/66 65/66
Pit stops 3 3

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 59 60 61
Adrian Sutil 106.107 95.586 95.026 94.61 94.435 94.268 94.115 94.028 93.824 94.298 95.636 95.169 96.397 109.845 91.573 91.599 91.212 91.064 90.856 90.874 90.598 91.013 91.312 91.674 92.49 92.805 91.943 93.101 93.85 96.485 108.603 90.669 90.347 90.599 90.541 90.061 89.908 91.064 90.074 90.149 92.513 90.146 90.319 90.61 90.931 92.981 91.226 94.405 110.997 90.024 90.252 88.791 89.588 89.615 88.844 89.125 89.092 89.001 89.22 88.86 89.114
Paul di Resta 102.808 93.684 93.054 92.731 92.98 92.437 92.699 92.592 92.162 93.032 94.21 92.115 92.789 93.181 96.301 108.257 90.589 91.016 91.566 92.495 91.895 92.123 90.106 91.711 91.608 91.334 91.839 92.219 91.941 92.997 92.77 97.279 107.136 89.596 90.203 92.186 90.083 90.028 90.14 92.269 90.238 89.469 89.734 90.31 89.958 90.227 90.44 90.862 92.65 91.558 94.555 110.047 90.623 89.552 90.55 90.434 90.643 90.469 91.399 90.398 90.194

Adrian Sutil

The team did a side-by-side test of the new parts with the old in first practice, with Sutil running the new parts and Nico H???lkenberg using the original specification.

Sutil was out-qualified by di Resta for the fourth time out of five. Both drivers used hard tyres in Q2 to save fresh soft tyres for the race.

Sutil ran an unusual hard-soft-soft-soft strategy. Having lost a place at the start he came on strong at the end of the race, passing Sebastien Buemi to finish 13th behind his team mate.

Adrian Sutil 2011 form guide

Paul di Resta

Sat out first practice and sampled the new parts in the second session. From 16th on the grid he gained two places at the start.

Lost time behind Jaime Alguersuari in his first two stints but his strategy ultimately lifted him ahead of the Toro Rossos. Ended the race almost 20 seconds outside of the points.

Nico H???lkenberg

Drove di Resta’s car in first practice.

Force India’s new aero

Adrian Sutil in the upgraded car on Friday
Adrian Sutil in the upgraded car on Friday
Nico H???lkenberg in the original-spec car on Friday

Paul di Resta 2011 form guide

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