Adrian Sutil, Force India, Interlagos, 2011

Force India: Sutil equals best result of the year

2011 Brazilian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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