Paul di Resta, Force India, Hungaroring, 2011

Force India: Di Resta claims best result so far

2011 Hungarian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Paul di Resta scored the best result of his career so far in Hungary with seventh place.

Adrian Sutil Paul di Resta
Qualifying position 8 11
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’22.000 (-0.256) 1’22.256
Race position 14 7
Laps 68/70 69/70
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 129.049 114.999 110.33 107.104 106.761 106.745 105.934 104.687 104.392 103.687 103.624 105.595 119.726 94.023 93.114 92.02 93.277 90.92 91.137 91.159 91.366 90.798 90.094 91.4 91.949 92.502 108.746 88.367 88.181 89.206 90.768 88.408 88.729 88.692 88.325 88.109 88.512 88.664 89.924 88.472 88.615 89.542 88.307 88.478 89.013 95.857 92.028 92.008 102.062 104.783 113.169 94.201 97.616 110.538 91.794 89.799 88.857 89.984 90.042 91.021 86.305 86.011 86.07 86.062 89.629 85.579 86.318 86.478
Paul di Resta 121.896 110.619 108.701 106.982 105.329 104.301 104.08 103.553 102.683 101.961 103.87 118.732 95.783 92.482 91.87 90.951 90.706 90.444 90.216 90.287 90.098 89.979 90.747 90.231 90.676 90.636 92.612 107.555 89.292 87.611 88.011 88.523 88.796 88.796 88.8 88.641 88.933 89.039 89.525 89.436 89.706 91.426 107.841 86.662 87.744 97.504 93.294 89.171 96.059 103.627 95.843 89.906 88.438 89.468 87.652 89.078 89.141 88.976 87.361 87.282 87.413 87.409 86.91 86.717 85.935 86.395 86.611 86.213 90.057

Adrian Sutil

Sutil carried his momentum from Germany and made his third appearance in Q3, splitting the Mercedes for eighth.

But he went off at the chicane on the first lap, falling to 20th place. “I locked up the rear into the chicane,” he said.

“I was right behind Paul and to avoid an accident I had to go off the track and lost a lot of positions.”

He fought back quickly, passing Sergio Perez, Nick Heidfeld and Timo Glock on successive laps.

But his recovery stalled when he joined the ten drivers who pitted for intermediates during the late shower, and ended the race 14th.

Adrian Sutil 2011 form guide

Paul di Resta, Force India, Hungaroring, 2011
Paul di Resta, Force India, Hungaroring, 2011

Paul di Resta

Di Resta missed out on a place in the final ten by a tenth of a second, starting 11th.

He stayed out of trouble at the start and inherited places from his team mate and Perez, who both went off.

Di Resta closed on Michael Schumacher during the damp stint at the start of the race, then jumped in front of him during the first pit stops.

After two stints on super-soft tyres he switched to softs for his final stint. He briefly fell to 12th and was embroiled a scrap with Sebastien Buemi which he came out of on top.

He then set about passing Kamui Kobayashi, who was struggling for grip in his Sauber. That done, Di Resta had only to safeguard himself from the attentions of Buemi over the final laps to claim seventh place.

He said: “Finishing seventh is the best way to respond after a series of races where, for various reasons, we didn?t get the results that were possible.

“So it?s nice to go into the summer break with a smile on my face having scored points that are so important for our position in the championship.”

Paul di Resta 2011 form guide

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