Paul di Resta, Force India, Monaco, 2011

Force India: Di Resta accepts penalty

2011 Monaco GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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