Paul di Resta, Force India, Silverstone, 2011

Force India squander points chance

2011 British GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Vijay Mallya blamed his drivers for missing the points in Canada – but at Silverstone the team were to blame.

Adrian Sutil Paul di Resta
Qualifying position 11 6
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’32.617 (+0.048) 1’32.569
Race position 11 15
Laps 52/52 51/52
Pit stops 3 2

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
Adrian Sutil 123.376 115.928 114.558 113.145 112.995 113.139 112.806 113.173 113.584 111.961 107.891 133.93 107.958 104.466 103.369 102.87 102.028 101.37 100.792 100.486 100.821 101.221 101.071 101.454 96.398 119.057 100.437 99.797 99.69 99.543 98.994 98.184 99.236 98.186 98.378 98.232 98.52 98.099 98.735 95.301 118.987 96.744 97.027 97.153 97.234 96.996 97.244 96.851 97.151 97.625 97.735 98.982
Paul di Resta 120.926 114.983 113.324 113.582 113.059 113.295 113.311 112.653 112.253 112.103 113.825 107.746 129.634 104.715 103.561 102.785 102.261 101.633 101.381 101.383 101.037 101.307 101.116 97.451 138.918 103.17 130.528 101.246 100.581 101.026 102.455 101.657 100.986 99.469 99.188 99.996 99.084 100.026 99.005 99.267 98.88 100.565 98.648 98.565 98.847 98.992 98.193 97.936 98.916 99.087 98.877

Adrian Sutil

Sutil was not too disappointed after narrowly missing the cut for Q3 – there was just 0.029s in it. But he lost out to his team mate in qualifying for the seventh time in nine races.

He passed Pastor Maldonado early on and profited from the collision between Kamui Kobayashi and Michael Schumacher to move up to eighth behind his team mate.

However a puncture meant he had to run a three-stop strategy, which left him outside the points.

Adrian Sutil 2011 form guide

Paul di Resta

Paul di Resta, Force India, Silverstone, 2011
Paul di Resta, Force India, Silverstone, 2011

Had his best result in qualifying so far, taking sixth place: “The whole team did an excellent job and made sure we were out on track at the right times.

“Maybe there was a little bit of luck at the end of Q3 when the rain started again, but I think that in the worst case scenario I would have ended up in eighth.”

He fell behind Lewis Hamilton at the start. But he held on to seventh place and his lap times compared very favourably with Jenson Button’s when the track was wet.

But as Di Resta came in for his second pit stop on lap 24, Sutil had radioed the team he had a puncture. The team tried to switch the pit stops around, but Di Resta was already in the pit lane, and had to wait while the teams switched the tyres around.

Di Resta then compounded the problem by hitting Sebastien Buemi on his out lap, requiring another pit stop for a broken front wing. He finished 15th.

Mallya said: “Unfortunately things started to go wrong when we made a serious error on the pit wall.

“We called Paul in for his second scheduled stop, but at the same time Adrian came on the radio reporting a puncture. We tried to get Paul to stay out so that we could service Adrian?s car, but it was too late and Paul was already in the pit lane.

“That led to some confusion over the tyres being ready for Paul when he arrived at the garage and cost him a great deal of time.”

Nico H???lkenberg

Drove Sutil’s car in first practice.

Paul di Resta 2011 form guide

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