Force India: Sutil equals best result of the year

2011 Brazilian GP team review

The under-pressure Adrian Sutil matched his best result of 2011 in Brazil.

Adrian Sutil Paul di Resta
Qualifying position 8 11
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’13.261 (-0.323) 1’13.584
Race position 6 8
Laps 70/71 70/71
Pit stops 3 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 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71
Adrian Sutil 87.926 79.958 79.468 79.793 79.305 79.229 79.224 79.19 79.222 79.484 79.437 79.664 80.318 83.209 93.507 78.478 78.505 79.08 79.235 78.67 78.075 77.809 78.018 78.29 78.552 78.305 78.259 78.189 78.339 78.967 82.366 92.497 77.563 77.636 77.31 77.161 77.578 77.375 77.586 78.429 77.63 78.502 77.287 77.639 81.176 92.479 78.098 77.433 78.64 77.536 77.477 77.362 77.398 77.532 77.41 77.737 78.776 77.392 77.405 77.235 77.519 77.527 77.646 77.54 78.005 78.148 78.162 79.533 78.65 78.155
Paul di Resta 89.186 80.93 80.199 79.774 79.881 79.669 79.974 79.518 79.736 79.973 79.834 80.115 79.543 79.713 79.679 79.973 84.632 93.162 78.599 78.546 78.26 78.364 78.292 78.698 78.153 78.59 78.32 78.844 78.556 78.944 79.128 78.768 78.575 78.544 78.587 78.677 79.422 79.118 79.236 82.93 94.135 78.716 78.377 77.908 77.924 78.025 77.785 77.947 78.95 78.203 78.16 78.85 79.012 78.372 78.074 77.602 77.763 78.447 79.342 77.733 77.636 77.497 77.752 77.452 77.986 77.647 79.001 78.408 78.583 79.056

Adrian Sutil

Adrian Sutil, Force India, Interlagos, 2011

Adrian Sutil, Force India, Interlagos, 2011

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 21.097s
Pit stop 2 Soft 20.9s
Pit stop 3 Medium 21.138s

Sutil reached Q3 for the fifth time in the last six races, equalling his season-best qualifying position of eighth for the fourth time.

He had a strong run in the race, using a three-stop strategy to catch and pass Nico Rosberg for sixth place: “It completes a great weekend where everything went to plan,” he said.

“I had a good feeling in all the sessions and the team did a brilliant job to give me such a good car today. We also made the right calls with the strategy because we knew there was a chance to beat Mercedes, and that?s exactly what we did.

“So I?m very happy with my sixth place ?ǣ it?s the best way to end the year and it also means that I move up to ninth place in the drivers? championship, which was my aim.”

Adrian Sutil 2011 form guide

Paul di Resta

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 20.745s
Pit stop 2 Medium 21.767s

Di Resta was three-tenths of a second off his team mate in Q2 and that was the difference between which one of them reached the final ten. He started 11th.

Force India continued their recent trend of splitting strategies between the two drivers during the race, and not for the first time it didn’t work out as well for Di Resta.

Running two stops to Sutil’s three left him with a particularly slow middle stint. On top of that he was nursing a car problem: “There was a concern with the gearbox around half way through the race so the team told me to just try and bring the car home,” he said.

Di Resta finished eighth: “In the final stint it was just a case of managing the gap to [Kamui] Kobayashi behind me and we had enough to do that quite easily in the end.”

Paul di Resta 2011 form guide

Nico Hulkenberg

Drove Di Resta’s car in first practice.

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23 comments on Force India: Sutil equals best result of the year

  1. ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 28th November 2011, 13:24

    Another really stunning drive from Sutil! His pace was outstanding throughout the race, and great work to him and the team to jump Rosberg.

    It’s a really tough decision who to drop between him and Di Resta. Di Resta probably has more long term potential, but Sutil has really stepped up in the second half of the year.

    • smifaye (@smifaye) said on 28th November 2011, 15:27

      Sutil for me would be the obvious choice. He has really impressed me over the second half of the year, and silently so. Hopefully the team bosses will see this and someone will give him a drive. He was always quick but seemed to get into too many crashes and silly mistakes. I sometimes wonder about his passion but maybe that is just his way. I hope to see Di Resta, Sutil and Hulkenberg on the grid next year. Just don’t know where.

    • Problem is Sutil started impressing now that his seat is at risk. I’d choose Hulkenberg over Sutil at any time, and Sutil’s had plenty of time to prove himself. Based on his 2011 performances, I’d’nt drop him, and Di Resta neither.

  2. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 28th November 2011, 13:35

    Very well done by the Force India boys. It’s a real pity one of these two will be dropped, they have both been very solid.

    • Klaas (@klaas) said on 28th November 2011, 14:21

      Nothing is decided yeat at FI. I can’t see why would they drop one of the drivers as they are the best pair the team can afford. Hulk is overrarated.

      • Journeyer (@journeyer) said on 28th November 2011, 15:03

        The guy got pole. In a Williams. Not sure how you can call that overrated.

        But yes, FI do have an embarrassment of riches here.

        • Klaas (@klaas) said on 28th November 2011, 15:49

          We all know he only got that pole due to weather conditions. It’s not like he got pole in a midfield car and won the race (like a certain Vettel did).

          • RumFRESH (@rumfresh) said on 28th November 2011, 17:22

            @klaas I agree, his (HUL) performance throughout last season was far less impressive. A well-timed lap, got him pole. I’d keep Sutil and Di Resta at FI.

          • marcusbreese (@marcusbreese) said on 28th November 2011, 22:18

            @Klaas I seem to recall it being quite damp when a certain Vettel got that pole/win. FWIW I think Sutil has been very impressive for the last two years, last year they so nearly held off Williams for sixth (with him scoring twice his team mates points) and this year they managed to get sixth (with fifth only four points away!). I’d very much like to see Hulk race, but I wouldn’t want it at either of those two drivers expenses.

      • Mustalainen (@mustalainen) said on 28th November 2011, 16:39

        @klaas Judging from Sutil’s body language after the race I really think they have already dropped him. You can’t be sad after that stunning 6th place drive

        • James_mc (@james_mc) said on 29th November 2011, 22:39

          Agreed. I think Saward’s theory (I think that’s who’d suggested it) was that by not announcing it the team is doing a duty to him so that his bargaining position is improved.

  3. BasCB (@bascb) said on 28th November 2011, 13:46

    Another dwindling Gearbox! Is it the end of the season (but Vettels was new), or something specific for Brazil, one wonders.

    Really good drive by Sutil, certainly amongst his career highlights. It might prove to have been key to him possibly securing a drive in F1 for next year.

  4. smokinjoe (@smokinjoe) said on 28th November 2011, 14:08

    I love to see sutil in a better team ,great drive from him.Hulk and Di rasta will make a great pair for force india

  5. Shomir (@shomir) said on 28th November 2011, 14:43

    Great drive by Sutil!

    he’s gonna be taking a big gamble on moving to Williams if he does though, the car might end up bad(by 2011 standards) again, or due to the better technical staff, could be a potential race winner! either way 2012 will either be the next stepping stone in his rather long F1 career, or the end of it.

  6. Eggry (@eggry) said on 28th November 2011, 16:19

    I believe Sutil is the driver of the week. also I think Malya should not let him go.

  7. people are saying he is only performing now his seat was under threat. But he has been the quicker of the 2 for months. Just no one has bothered to notice.

  8. Sutil is the result of talent and inteligent driver in a reasonable team. If Di Resta and Hulkenberg are better? Theory. Theory was also Fiscichella many years…Massa before Ferrari…
    Sutil means an excelent driver today. (sorry my english, I speak spanish)
    Maybe Williams, Force India, another team or neither? I hope next year Adrian will show his talent and maturity on a F1 again. Excellent race at Interlagos, a real difficult circuit.

  9. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 29th November 2011, 2:15

    Force India needs to have a good car next season, & they need to hire Paul & Hulk.

  10. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 29th November 2011, 19:48

    Sutil is one of my contenders for DOTW. Great race for him, especially that last gasp move on Rosberg.

    That said, I do think it’s time he moved on. I think it’s time the team moved on, try something new. It’s a gamble, considering they couldn’t have really finished higher than they did.

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