2011 British GP team review
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 time comparison (Q2)||1’32.617 (+0.048)||1’32.569|
Force India drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
|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|
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.
Paul di Resta
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.”
Drove Sutil’s car in first practice.
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