2011 Spanish GP team review
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 time comparison (Q2)||1’26.571 (+0.445)||1’26.126|
Force India drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
|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|
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 Hülkenberg 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.
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.
Drove di Resta’s car in first practice.
Force India’s new aero
2011 Spanish Grand Prix
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