Paul di Resta, Force India, Monza, 2011

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

2011 Italian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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