Paul di Resta, Force India, Montreal, 2011

Force India: No points after Di Resta runs fifth

2011 Canadian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Force India tested their latest aerodynamic upgrade at Kemble airfield before the race.

Adrian Sutil Paul di Resta
Qualifying position 14 11
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’15.287 (+0.535) 1’14.752
Race position 18
Laps 49/70 67/70
Pit stops 4 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
Adrian Sutil 153.179 124.975 124.547 120.994 101.378 101.449 99.746 106.505 113.635 131.002 125.983 119.113 98.296 98.739 98.964 113.533 97.848 96.872 109.956 113.097 109.055 107.45 112.065 137.981 143.238 127.612 122.88 121.255 121.252 120.806 123.36 121.377 132.951 93.936 96.131 106.22 113.866 125.299 121.202 94.051 92.373 93.151 91.948 97.457 91.739 90.171 90.912 113.818
Paul di Resta 149.311 126.622 124.19 121.891 99.953 103.916 98.605 105.874 113.882 130.687 125.721 120.02 97.907 96.124 97.245 96.414 97.252 98.152 107.674 110.824 107.799 107.438 130.381 137.979 142.154 126.4 123.012 122.306 123.208 121.217 121.416 122.459 120.439 109.29 93.711 105.225 116.706 125.038 123.606 92.907 91.313 115.957 92.295 90.79 91.485 91.565 90.174 88.468 95.998 88.237 89.166 102.352 108.385 82.829 92.177 102.558 103.702 93.491 89.463 90.783 83.952 82.081 82.491 81.423 80.091 79.395

Adrian Sutil

Made a mistake in qualifying leaving him behind Di Resta on the grid for the sixth time this year: “I made a mistake in the hairpin on my last lap. I hit a bump under braking which caused the rear tyres to lock and I slid wide”.

Sutil was among the drivers who switched to intermediates before the race suspension. He didn’t switch back to them before the race was red-flagged ad picked up places from drivers who did, as he was able to put wet tyres on before the race resumed.

He had two run-ins with Nico Rosberg during the race. The stewards did not penalise him for clipping the Mercedes during the safety car period, but he received a drive-through penalty when for passing the Mercedes under the safety car.

He fell to 14th and decided on a gamble to make up places but it didn’t pay off: “After the drive-through penalty, I decided it was worth the risk of switching to dry tyres, but it was maybe a few laps too early.

“I had quite a big snap on my out lap and touched the wall, which broke the left rear suspension”.

Adrian Sutil 2011 form guide

Paul di Resta, Force India, Montreal, 2011
Paul di Resta, Force India, Montreal, 2011

Paul di Resta

On his first visit to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Di Resta qualified 11th, half a second clear of Sutil.

Running eighth by lap six, he then went straight on at turn eight, losing three places. But while others gambled on intermediates – and lost out – Di Resta ascended to sixth, where he was when the race resumed after the suspension.

With Mark Webber and Michael Schumacher battling behind him, Di Resta was free to attack Nick Heidfeld for fourth.

But he hit the Renault at the chicane, breaking his front wing and being handed a drive-through penalty.

He recovered to 11th by passing Sebastien Buemi and was trying to pass Rubens Barrichello for the final point when he hit the wall and retired.

Paul di Resta 2011 form guide

Nico H???lkenberg

Drove Adrian Sutil’s car in first practice.

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