Force India: Di Resta accepts penalty

2011 Monaco GP team review

Di Resta said his passing attempt on Alguersuari was “a bit too ambitious”.

Adrian Sutil Paul di Resta
Qualifying position 15 14
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’16.121 (+0.003) 1’16.118
Race position 7 12
Laps 77/78 76/78
Pit stops 2 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 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78
Adrian Sutil 97.077 83.806 82.823 83.008 82.329 82.317 81.685 81.813 81.264 81.7 81.811 82.017 81.636 81.948 82.174 81.809 81.706 81.659 81.52 81.663 81.73 81.827 81.409 81.549 82.002 82.375 81.661 82.068 81.816 81.931 82.075 82.772 84.099 115.615 105.855 87.779 92.635 114.2 84.329 83.476 83.1 81.731 81.278 81.587 81.246 81.188 81.478 81.182 80.999 80.431 80.483 80.605 80.496 80.532 80.338 80.495 80.321 80.368 80.48 80.862 81.835 81.16 81.447 82.608 84.58 85.617 84.67 114.105 113.094 123.845 123.534 81.924 79.707 78.894 78.927 78.872
Paul di Resta 95.517 82.862 82.431 81.75 81.739 81.598 81.425 81.705 82.039 82.743 82.742 82.941 81.123 81.265 82.228 81.887 81.69 81.603 81.826 100.243 84.429 80.692 82.691 84.661 81.817 82.384 96.148 85.6 83.348 82.819 83.442 125.19 141.823 91.991 85.991 84.651 111.326 85.543 84.353 84.571 84.842 83.005 82.413 83.086 84.402 82.37 82.661 81.766 80.646 81.659 80.414 80.466 80.276 81.839 83.006 82.858 80.746 80.944 80.81 80.448 84.569 80.84 80.803 81.347 81.544 81.338 88.823 121.782 123.772 123.484 83.954 79.612 78.84 78.724 78.919

Adrian Sutil

The first safety car period fell like a dream for Sutil. Having stayed out until lap 34 on soft tyres he was able to make his pit stop under the safety car and hold on to fourth place.

His switch to super-soft tyres cost him little time, but by lap 60 he was starting to struggle and Kamui Kobayashi was putting him under pressure.

Kobayashi made a move at the Mirabeau on lap 64, knocked Sutil wide and took the place. Mark Webber demoted him a further place on the next lap.

Now badly struggling on his tyres, Sutil clipped the barrier at the exit of Tabac on lap 67, sparking a chain reaction collision behind him which led to the stoppage of the race.

He replaced his burst right-rear as the safety car period began before the race was stopped and went on to finish seventh for his first points since Australia.

Adrian Sutil 2011 form guide

Paul di Resta, Force India, Monaco, 2011

Paul di Resta, Force India, Monaco, 2011

Paul di Resta

Di Resta out-qualified Sutil for the fifth time in six races, by the very slim margin of three thousandths of a second.

He passed Kamui Kobayashi at the start then pitted on lap 20 for a second set of super-soft tyres.

That left him behind Jaime Alguersuari: “After my first pit stop the team told me that to make the strategy work I needed to pass Alguersuari so I tried to overtake him at the hairpin.

“That?s when I made contact and damaged my front wing, which is why I had to make an early second stop. I have to hold my hands up for this accident because I was probably a bit too ambitious.

“It?s a shame because the car was working well and without this incident I think I could have scored some points.”

The penalty left him 20th. He picked of the Virgins and Lotuses for 15th, and was promoted three further places by retirements.

Paul di Resta 2011 form guide

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30 comments on Force India: Di Resta accepts penalty

  1. VXR said on 30th May 2011, 13:06

    Hats off to Di Resta. Took his punishment like a man.

  2. DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 30th May 2011, 13:07

    Good points is just what Adrian needed after the criticism he’s been receiving as of late. Thumbs up to Paul as well for taking responsibility for his incidents, a certain other Brit could learn from him ;)

  3. James_mc (@james_mc) said on 30th May 2011, 13:37

    Adrian Sutil yet again shows he is a good driver around Monaco, if only he could translate this more consistently to other circuits. However he is now clear of his team-mate in the standings.

  4. hoshi said on 30th May 2011, 13:48

    what i dont understand is how people(bbc) and on this forum keep praising DIRESTA as if he is completely blowing away Sutil…which in my opinion is not the case.

    they are very evenly matched.in my opinion..HULK might be better than both of them..

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 30th May 2011, 13:54

      He’s 5-1 up in qualifying and 3-2 up in the races. That’s very good for a rookie up against a driver in his fifth season.

      • VXR said on 30th May 2011, 14:02

        I’d be looking to put him in a Mercedes. I wasn’t at all convinced by Hulkenberg’s overall performance against Barrichello, last season.

        • Todfod (@todfod) said on 30th May 2011, 14:45

          Gotta agree. Although rubens had quite a strong year last year, he still isn’t the most formidable of teammates. I think the Hulk should get the 2nd Force India seat if DiResta leaves for a better team though.

      • hoshi said on 30th May 2011, 15:15

        i certainly agree that he has outqualified sutil and the Average qualifying gap -0.873s..is quite impressive as i see it now

        but i am not convinced that he has done as outstanding a job as the bbc commentary would make one feel..also, i have got the feeling that whenever Sutil has done a better job..it has only got a cursory remark from them but DR gets almost 5-10 minutes of praise and “hype”

        in my opinion Perez is doing the best job among rookies and maybe we should wait a few more races to see how things pan out..

        • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 30th May 2011, 15:19

          and the Average qualifying gap -0.873s

          I wouldn’t read too much into that one – it’s inflated by Sutil’s time in Australia which was slow because of his spin.

          Obviously I don’t work for the BBC so I’m not that bothered what they think, though I can’t say I’ve noticed much in the way of ‘hype’ from them.

          • TFLB said on 30th May 2011, 15:30

            There was much more hype in the first few races. Slightly less now, although when Brundle saw that Di Resta had beaten Sutil in qualifying in Monaco he started semi-shouting with excitement, which I thought was a little over the top given that it was for 14th and 15th places.

          • George (@george) said on 30th May 2011, 16:56

            TFLB: and only by 0.003 seconds :P

            I think it’s fair enough that the BBC give him a bit of hype, he is a new british driver after all.

  5. Maksutov said on 30th May 2011, 14:47

    ok we have a graph with two lines both green :) running out of colour Keith?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 30th May 2011, 14:57

      As I’ve said a million times before, they’re different shades and you can also tell them apart by hovering over them or by turning different lines on and off.

      They have to be consistent with the colours used in the other graphs which contain all the drivers, or you’d complain about that.

      • dyslexicbunny (@dyslexicbunny) said on 30th May 2011, 15:51

        It’s just hard to display 24 lines of different enough shade to make it clear to every one.

      • hoshi said on 30th May 2011, 16:06

        consider my quandry..i m color blind.

        • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 30th May 2011, 16:14

          I’ve tried to take the needs of colour blind users into account by, as I said, allowing you to tell them apart by hovering over them or by turning different lines on and off.

          • hoshi said on 30th May 2011, 17:16

            i can understand that.

            is there any way we can provide a zoom option in the graph?.it will make it easier as it will allow us to just trace the graphs for the concerned driver

      • Simon said on 30th May 2011, 16:08

        From a usability standpoint, I’d argue the opposite. If the main aim of these graphs is to allow people to compare team mates, and using different colours helps achieve that aim most effectively, then that’s what should be used.

        You could still achieve consistency by using the same 2 colours for each “team mate only” graph – one colour for the driver who finished ahead, the other for the one who came in behind.

        Consistency with the overall graphs (that show all drivers) doesn’t really matter IMO, since they are used within different contexts.

        Just my 2c, of course!

      • Jarred Walmsley (@jarred-walmsley) said on 30th May 2011, 20:54

        Exactly, I can see 11/12 of the graphs clear as day as to who is who, the only one I have issues with is Ferrari, but it is hard to get considerdably different shades of red.

      • Maksutov said on 31st May 2011, 4:50

        lol… omg calm down, i grew up using graphs and plotting statistics, dont have to give me the lesson. Was only a joke really… i can see that they are different , just.. ;)

  6. 1 of the 3 said on 30th May 2011, 18:34

    Great to see Sutil single-handedly pull Force India passed Torro Rosso-Ferrari in the constructors’.

  7. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 31st May 2011, 18:47

    A great result for Sutil, just what he needs considering everything else he has going on at the moment.

    Is that his best result since 2009?

  8. Nikhil said on 1st June 2011, 10:23

    no andrew… he came 5 last season in sepang.

  9. Adrian does really good job in Monaco. About the punishment, perhaps hamilton could learn a thing or two with Di Resta

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