11/06/2011

Canadian GP - Qualifying

Results: Di Resta 11th (1:14.752), Sutil 14th (1:15.287), Karthikeyan 23rd (1:18.574).

Q3 was locked out by the top five teams (Ferrari, Lotus Renault, McLaren, Mercedes and Red Bull) so for Paul to snatch 11th was a great effort - best of the rest. Sutil also did a good job to grab 14th. Both cars could have gone a little faster as they both lost a little time on their final laps but nevertheless we are in a very good position for tomorrow.

Force India have done a very cunning thing here as both drivers have saved a set of supersoft tyres (the faster tyres) for the race tomorrow so if it's dry we're in a good position ... if not and it's wet we're still in a good position as our car is usually much higher up the pecking order in the wet weather. Furthermore Paul starts on the clean side of the grid so he has a great opportunity to gain a position or two down into turn one. A double points finish is definately on the cards - hopefully the safety cars (of which it's almost certain there will be some) play in our favour too!

Karthikeyan did a great job today too but he may be a little disappointed, he was just 0.037s slower than the Virgin Racing car of Timo Glock. Narain's teammate Liuzzi was a further tenth of a second up on Glock. In 24th was D'Ambrosio for Virgin, 0.9s down on Karthikeyan and outside the 107% rule which means he has failed to qualify ... however the stewards may turn a blind eye if they believe the Belgian has demonstrated enough speed in the prior practice sessions.

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