26/06/2011

European GP - Race

Results: Sutil 9th (2points), Di Resta 14th, Karthikeyan 24th

Good race for Force India today, scoring points and closing the gap to 6th placed Sauber in the championship.

Sutil had a good start and managed to jump Nick Heidfeld on lap one. He was then able to stay ahead of him for the entire race and pretty much extracted the maximum from the car to finish ninth. However he was unlucky not to pass Jamie Alguersuari for eighth - the gap at the end of the race between the two was just 0.4seconds, one more lap and he could have probably done it! Nevertheless a very good result, great driving =)

Di Resta had a good start and his pace was solid .. he was on course to finish 11th which would have been 10th after Schumacher dropped down the order due to a collision with Petrov, however after the final pit stop for the Scottish driver he suddenly found himself down in 15th! There must have been some issues during the stop which were not picked up by the World TV feed. He managed to pass Kobayashi in the final phase of the race though and grab 14th place. Not a bad effort considering how much he lacked practice around this circuit after Hulkenberg crashed his car in FP1.

So all in all a good weekend for Force India, falling behind Toro Rosso in the championship but crucially closing on the target of 6th place in the constructors title as Sauber failed to score.

Narain Karthikeyan pushed his hardest however he has had gearbox problems all weekend and ended up in last place, 24th (everyone finished the GP for only the 3rd time in F1 history), nearly a whole lap down on teammate Liuzzi ... a weekend to forget for the Indian, but i am sure he'll bounce back well in Britain.

Remember to check back in the next few days when my colleague Darshan will have an extensive report of the entire weekend =)

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