Adrian Sutil, Force India, Buddh International Circuit

Force India: Points but no podium in first home race

2011 Indian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Vijay Mallya’s original aim of a podium in Force India’s first home race was not realised, but they scored points.

Adrian Sutil Paul di Resta
Qualifying position 8 12
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’26.140 (-0.363) 1’26.503
Race position 9 13
Laps 59/60 59/60
Pit stops 2 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
Adrian Sutil 101.464 96.529 95.196 94.599 93.906 93.889 93.516 93.47 93.75 93.231 93.241 93.31 93.717 95.294 97.265 111.441 92.34 91.827 92.347 92.018 92.078 92.031 92.462 91.828 92.26 92.006 91.844 91.465 91.388 91.322 91.224 91.143 91.46 92.002 93.381 111.919 91.706 92.706 90.835 90.859 91.062 90.402 90.7 89.907 90.022 90.324 90.582 89.967 89.599 89.708 89.419 89.492 90.117 92.374 90.614 89.37 89.394 89.549 89.289
Paul di Resta 103.958 100.167 113.601 94.55 93.994 93.96 93.663 93.5 94.147 93.384 93.696 93.108 93.497 93.447 93.77 93.278 95.011 92.661 95.39 113.512 92.294 93.286 91.974 92.28 94.159 93.642 91.933 91.641 94.681 91.439 91.344 91.293 91.255 91.54 90.831 90.991 90.61 90.553 93.185 108.061 89.696 90.165 89.379 89.636 89.434 89.908 89.573 89.977 89.782 89.635 90.028 89.443 89.713 89.324 89.07 88.954 88.852 88.709 88.679

Adrian Sutil

Adrian Sutil, Force India, Buddh International Circuit
Adrian Sutil, Force India, Buddh International Circuit
Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 21.424s
Pit stop 2 Hard 21.977s

Sutil is enjoying a timely resurgence in form amid some doubt over his future at the team in 2012. He grabbed a place in the top ten in the last knockings of Q2, leaving his team mate behind and taking eighth on the grid.

Michael Schumacher slipstreamed past him at the start, and the two Toro Rosso drivers easily passed him in the DRS zone later in the first stint.

However the demise of Felipe Massa and Sebastien Buemi promoted him back to ninth at the flag.

He said: “In the early laps I struggled with the rear of the car, with a bit of oversteer, and could not hold off the Toro Rossos who were a bit quicker today. But in the second and third stint the car balance improved and I was able to keep the Sauber [of Sergio Perez] behind me in the closing laps.”

Adrian Sutil 2011 form guide

Paul di Resta

Start tyre Hard
Pit stop 1 Soft 21.525s
Pit stop 2 Soft 24.15s
Pit stop 3 Soft 20.984s

Di Resta felt he went the wrong way on set-up in qualifying: “I struggled with a bit of understeer in the high-speed corners and we couldn?t fix it during the session.

“I think the conditions cooled a little bit, which maybe didn?t help us because I couldn?t get the balance quite where I wanted it.”

Force India have tended to split their strategies in recent races and they did so again here. Di Resta started on hard tyres, hoping an early safety car intervention might help him get the unfavourable rubber out of the way with no penalty.

But not only did that not happen, he couldn’t complete the remaining distance on two sets of softs, and had to make an extra visit to the pits. He finished 13th:

“We went for a fairly aggressive strategy today ?ǣ starting on the hard tyre ?ǣ and it was always the plan to come in early with the hope of a safety car. It was a gamble to get rid of the hard tyre early on, and if it had worked we would have gained a pit stop and done the race on three sets of softs, which was the quickest way.

“We had to do three stops because of the tyre wear, which was quite high to begin with, but got better later in the race. It?s good that Adrian has picked up a couple of points, which are valuable for the championship, and that was the reason why we split the strategies.”

Paul di Resta 2011 form guide

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