Adrian Sutil’s sixth place moved Force India back in front of Toro Rosso in the championship.
But team mate Paul di Resta’s race was ruined after he was hit by Nick Heidfeld on the first lap.
|Adrian Sutil||Paul di Resta|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’31.809 (-0.751)||1’32.560|
Force India drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
|Paul di Resta||116.515||104.234||102.223||100.922||100.867||99.906||100.182||100.701||99.524||99.969||100.336||100.468||100.021||99.604||99.838||99.932||99.999||99.969||99.939||99.812||99.697||100.183||102.616||118.714||98.109||97.747||97.859||97.844||97.7||97.863||97.57||97.716||97.991||98.143||97.979||98.977||98.427||97.944||98.047||97.643||98.135||97.711||98.673||100.216||97.522||98.382||98.042||97.163||97.226||97.065||99.913||119.106||97.675||96.715||97.126||97.581||97.708||97.849||97.502|
Sutil had his best weekend of the year so far on home ground. He started by emphatically out-qualifying his team mate – for only the third time this year – by three-quarters of a second.
He moved ahead of the slow-starting Jenson Button to claim seventh place at the start. Button eventually passed Sutil, but retired shortly after.
Using a two-stop strategy, Sutil was able to jump ahead of Nico Rosberg and finished 17 seconds up the road from the Mercedes.
“To get this result in my home race also makes it extra special and I?óÔé¼Ôäód like to thank the fans for their support this weekend,” he said afterwards.
Paul di Resta
Di Resta’s hopes of scoring points were dashed on the first lap: “I made a reasonable start, maintained my position and I was racing with Michael [Schumacher] into the first corner.
“Then I got hit from behind, which must have been Nick [Heidfeld], and that spun me around and compromised my race.”
He fell to the back of the field and made some progress, aided by Heidfeld’s later collision with Sebastien Buemi. But he could finish no higher than 13th.
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