2011 Belgian GP team review
Both Force India drivers started in the bottom half of the field after a poor qualifying session.
But Sutil recovered to claim points, while di Resta was caught up in the first-corner mayhem.
|Adrian Sutil||Paul di Resta|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q1)||2’06.000 (-1.758)||2’07.758|
Force India drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
|Paul di Resta||127.763||119.989||118.381||117.213||119.275||117.289||116.82||117.528||117.186||117.209||117.588||117.519||130.117||158.447||176.32||167.411||117.24||117.17||116.508||115.515||115.46||115.815||115.306||115.07||115.609||115.527||115.713||115.651||115.642||119.267||126.755||113.223||113.522||113.5||113.894||114.486||113.635||113.965||113.646||113.613||113.896||113.919||113.535||115.75|
Sutil looked very quick in wet practice but a crash at Raidillon in qualifying left him 15th on the grid:
“I made a little mistake on the exit of Eau Rouge. I ran a bit wide, touched the kerb and the rear of the car went away from me and sent me into the barrier.”
But he steered clear of trouble in the race to bring his car home behind the two Mercedes. He’s now within three points of Kamui Kobayashi in the drivers’ championship.
Paul di Resta
Di Resta rued his team’s decision to bring him in late in Q3, missing an opportunity to improve his time and causing him to be knocked out: “We chose to go out at the start of Q1 and sat out the middle part so that we could make the most of the track conditions at the end of the session.
“Unfortunately it started raining again and I got caught out at the chicane and spun on what would have been my quickest lap.
“On the next lap the team called me in thinking the track was wet and that we were safe, but when I got back to the pits they told me that Kovalainen had gone quicker, which knocked me out of qualifying.”
On race day Di Resta fell victim to the hazards of starting in the middle of the pack as he was hit by Timo Glock at the start: “That put a big hole in the floor, damaged my front wing and gave me a lot of understeer.”
His race was compromised again when the safety car came out, as neither of the Force Indias had pitted by that point and di Resta had to wait for Sutil to pit, costing him several places. He finished just out of the points in 11th.
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