Paul di Resta, Force India, Korea, 2011

Force India: Drivers defenceless against DRS attackers

2011 Korean GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Both Force India drivers lost places on the straight but Di Resta salvaged a point.

Adrian Sutil Paul di Resta
Qualifying position 10 9
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’38.219 (-0.035) 1’38.254
Race position 11 10
Laps 55/55 55/55
Pit stops 2 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 54 55
Adrian Sutil 115.474 108.69 108.826 107.583 107.201 107.047 107.444 106.738 106.532 106.33 105.926 106.301 106.043 107.032 106.422 114.765 154.62 120.668 154.913 152.874 105.216 104.894 104.245 104.601 104.48 104.48 104.425 104.512 103.777 104.147 104.204 104.134 104.094 104.346 109.995 122.081 103.275 102.821 102.653 103.273 102.67 102.432 102.197 102.114 102.489 102.145 103.027 102.435 102.014 102.028 102.419 102.242 102.312 102.539 103.078
Paul di Resta 114.125 107.92 107.389 107.045 107.671 107.217 107.791 106.879 106.621 106.284 110.682 124.009 105.124 105.662 105.432 110.84 133.947 117.114 165.633 152.397 105.956 104.823 104.316 104.499 104.336 106.671 104.629 104.492 104.091 104.505 109.677 121.288 103.444 102.709 102.949 102.758 102.924 102.98 102.571 102.637 102.382 102.523 102.285 102.388 102.166 102.916 102.156 102.706 103.178 102.102 102.495 102.885 102.686 102.783 102.908

Adrian Sutil

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Super soft 24.82s
Pit stop 2 Soft 21.916s

Sutil reached Q3 but did not set a time in the session, starting tenth.

Both he and Di Resta were passed by Michael Schumacher and JAime Alguersuari within the first seven laps, the Force Indias lacking the straight-line speed to keep their rivals behind in the DRS zone.

Sutil passed his team mate on lap 26 but fell back behind him again at the final round of pit stops and finished 11th.

Adrian Sutil 2011 form guide

Paul di Resta

Paul di Resta, Force India, Korea, 2011
Paul di Resta, Force India, Korea, 2011
Start tyre Super soft
Pit stop 1 Super soft 22.075s
Pit stop 2 Soft 21.06s

Di Resta voiced his concerns about the straight-line speed advantage of his rivals before the race and they were realised.

He held ninth place with seven laps to go but the speed difference as the second Toro Rosso of Sebastien Buemi came past him in the DRS zone was too much for him to resist.

Di Resta had urged his team to use an aggressive strategy. But after the race he felt that even tweaking the strategy wouldn’t have changed the finishing position: “We probably should have been a bit more aggressive with the strategy and used my new super softs at the start of the race, rather than the used set, but I?m not sure it would have changed where we finished.”

Paul di Resta 2011 form guide

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