Force India: Di Resta’s points help team pass Sauber

2011 Italian GP team review

Force India are now higher than they’ve ever finished in the constructors’ championship having overtaken Sauber for sixth.

Adrian Sutil Paul di Resta
Qualifying position 12 11
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’24.209 (+0.046) 1’24.163
Race position 8
Laps 9/53 52/53
Pit stops 0 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 53
Adrian Sutil 133.924 142.434 132.186 94.495 93.738 92.408 93.197 91.455 91.485
Paul di Resta 124.067 143.372 136.885 94.002 94.986 92.235 92.165 91.62 91.303 90.774 90.938 90.912 95.204 108.852 90.651 90.368 90.243 90.094 90.322 89.9 90.127 89.813 90.248 89.807 89.672 89.78 89.699 89.62 89.695 89.763 94.411 109.324 89.985 89.61 89.232 89.246 89.449 89.033 88.808 90.436 89.074 88.654 88.778 88.482 88.117 89.085 88.269 88.101 88.096 88.225 89.235 88.054

Adrian Sutil

Start tyre Medium

Sutil started the race on medium tyres and had to take to the gravel to avoid the first-corner crash.

His car wasn’t damaged but he retired on the tenth lap with an hydraulic problem while running 14th.

Adrian Sutil 2011 form guide

Paul di Resta

Paul di Resta, Force India, Monza, 2011

Paul di Resta, Force India, Monza, 2011

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 21.87s
Pit stop 2 Medium 23.069s

“Monza is not the easiest of tracks to get up to speed on,” was di Resta’s initial verdict on a track he had never raced at prior to this weekend.

He got to grips with it quickly enough to out-qualify Sutil by a scant four-hundredths of a second.

Having avoided the lap one carnage, di Resta made an early pit stop on lap 13. This allowed him to jump in front of Pastor Maldonado, but he lost a position to Jaime Alguersuari with his correspondingly early switch to medium tyres on lap 31.

He caught Alguersuari over the final stint but was still almost four seconds behind at the flag.

That netted his fourth points finish of the season which moves Force India ahead of Sauber on the constructors’ championship.

Paul di Resta 2011 form guide

Nico Hulkenberg

Drove di Resta’s car in first practice.

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12 comments on Force India: Di Resta’s points help team pass Sauber

  1. A Hydraulics issue it was then. Quite a bit of time since we had one of those. Good drive by Di Resta.

  2. Feel sorry for Sutil, but it looks like Di Resta is closer to him on tracks with less fast corners (Montreal, Monza)… Still, I expected from Adrian to shine again… Especially Suzuka should be his track…

    • bosyber said on 13th September 2011, 15:14

      So Abu Dhabi and Singapore will see Sutil outclassed by di Resta? Will be interesting to see if you are right!

  3. I wasn’t expecting Force India to overtake Sauber, to be honest. Well done to them!

    The mid-field battle is as fierce as ever! STR looks the strongest at the moment, tho…

    • Force India have never finished higher than 7th in the constructors’ championship, so they’re currently beating their record (although I hope Sauber, and Toro Rosso, will beat them).

    • Sush Meerkat said on 13th September 2011, 10:02

      I wasn’t expecting Force India to overtake Sauber, to be honest. Well done to them!

      its for Bragging Rights as well as money, Sauber poached a lot of Force India staff and the general consensus is that they were finished, FI had other ideas though.

  4. 1 of the 3 said on 12th September 2011, 17:36

    I’m a Sutil fan but am also very pleased that Force India overtook Sauber and really hope that FI’s driver line-up stays the same for 2012. It’s usually either Sutil or Di Resta scoring points but would love to see both doing it more consistently.

  5. Really, it is very commendable that a team just 4 years old is among the best mid-field team keeping all hiccups at bay.

  6. Dutch_Alex said on 12th September 2011, 18:35

    I thought that after their good season last year things could only go backwards for FI. Guess they’re proving me wrong:P. I do think that with the recourses they have 6th is the highest possible for them (Unless Renault or Mercedes drop back that is).

    • bosyber said on 13th September 2011, 15:16

      With Renault having rediscovered a bit of momentum, I think you are right 6th will be the maximum for this year. For next year it might not be, depending on Renaults progress and drivers.

  7. Pretty pleased with what this team has achieved in a short span. What’s even more pleasing is that they’ve managed to do that with not only a budget much smaller than Williams, Sauber and maybe even STR, but also despite losing a lot of key personnel to Sauber and Lotus (or Caterham or Team Fernandes or whatever..).

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