Adrian Sutil, Force India, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Force India: Team tightens grasp on sixth in championship

2011 Abu Dhabi GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Force India moved to 15 points clear of Sauber in the battle for sixth in the constructors’ championship, with one race remaining.

Adrian Sutil Paul di Resta
Qualifying position 9 10
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’40.205 (-0.209) 1’40.414
Race position 8 9
Laps 55/55 55/55
Pit stops 2 1

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 117.646 109.953 108.738 108.958 108.341 107.993 107.941 108.085 107.622 107.797 107.926 107.722 108.193 108.259 108.155 109.75 126.254 106.565 106.906 106.358 106.391 105.909 106.012 105.874 105.661 105.599 105.678 105.634 105.876 105.481 105.49 106.307 106.118 106.29 106.078 108.367 126.728 106.031 105.952 105.687 105.538 105.342 106.4 105.927 105.503 105.22 105.228 104.804 104.856 105.121 104.969 105.214 104.709 105.061 104.791
Paul di Resta 119.226 110.83 109.889 109.11 109.241 109.164 108.536 108.688 109.621 108.674 108.775 108.536 109.669 111.284 108.693 108.37 108.569 108.64 109.735 109.47 108.821 108.807 108.623 108.722 108.607 109.269 111.287 126.603 106.172 105.881 106.496 107.644 106.028 105.679 107.605 105.264 105.118 107.519 105.035 104.751 104.691 104.726 104.661 104.795 104.818 104.238 104.303 104.656 104.12 104.837 105.647 105.31 105.805 105.08 106.635

Adrian Sutil

Adrian Sutil, Force India, Abu Dhabi, 2011
Adrian Sutil, Force India, Abu Dhabi, 2011
Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 20.356s
Pit stop 2 Medium 20.614s

Both Force Indias got through to Q3 and as Sutil was the only driver to set a time, he started ahead.

He admitted that they waited to see if Mercedes would do a lap which left it too late for him to generate enough heat in his tyres: “The lap was a little bit compromised because I didn?t get the tyres fully up to temperature, so maybe I could have been a bit higher up.”

He fell short of beating Michael Schumacher by a tenth of a second.

Sutil finished the race close behind Schumacher as well after the team decided to use a conventional strategy: “Initially we were planning to do a one-stop race, but the team took the decision to switch to a two-stop strategy because the soft tyre did not last as long as we thought it would. So it was a good call by the team to make the change.”

Adrian Sutil 2011 form guide

Paul di Resta

Start tyre Medium
Pit stop 1 Soft 20.216s

Di Resta started on the harder tyres and fell behind Sergio Perez at the start, but was soon back in front as the Sauber driver broke his wing against Sutil’s car.

He came under pressure from Sebastien Buemi and twice re-passed the Toro Rosso in the second DRS zone having been taken in the first. But on lap 14 he ran wide at turn 11 while taking the place back a third time, and Buemi was through.

Di Resta took the place back when the Toro Rosso driver retired a few laps later. Running an unusual one-stop strategy, he made his single stop on lap 27 and finished the race on soft tyres: “With hindsight my one-stop race was not the optimum strategy, but we felt it was worth a try. As it turned out the performance of the medium was not great to begin with so the first 30 laps were quite hard work.”

Paul di Resta 2011 form guide

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