Di Resta said his passing attempt on Alguersuari was “a bit too ambitious”.
|Adrian Sutil||Paul di Resta|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’16.121 (+0.003)||1’16.118|
Force India drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
|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|
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.
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?óÔé¼Ôäós 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?óÔé¼Ôäós 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.
2011 Monaco Grand Prix
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