31/07/2011

Hungarian GP - Race

Results: Di Resta 7th (6points), Sutil 14th.

Despite a lack of luck for Force India, the race turned out to end brilliantly for the team!

Adrian Sutil started in 8th and Paul Di Resta started 11th so the team were hoping for a double points finish however once the cars got underway Adrian dropped way down the field on the opening lap. The reason was unseen by the World TV feed however i am assuming a collision with Perez was the reason as both cars were near the back heading into lap two. That, and getting stuck behind Kovalainen for a long time ruined Adrian's afternoon.

Di Resta had a decent start and held position well. He did lose out in the pit stop phases to other cars among the chaos of changeable conditions - maybe our strategy wasn't perfect this weekend however Paul made it work, carving his way past other cars including Buemi and Kobayashi towards the end of the grand prix to grab a brilliant 7th place! There was a scary incident for Di Resta at one point where Hamilton spun in front of him and Paul had to make a last minute avoiding action, taking to the grass but he did extremely well to keep his head calm and control the car. Overall a very mature and impressive drive for the Scotsman.

For the second race in a row Force India outscored rivals Sauber to closed the gap in the championship down to just 9points! That is very promising going into the next race at a circuit Force India are historically very impressive - Spa Francorchamps, Belgium.

Over the coming days Darshan Chokhani will be writing his in-depth weekend review so keep an eye out for that! =)

30/07/2011

Hungarian GP - Qualifying

Results: Sutil 8th (1:21.445), Di Resta 11th (1:22.256).

Before qualifying i predicted the Force India's to be 10th and 11th, so 8th and 11th has been a pleasant surprise!

Both drivers did a wonderful job and Paul was unlucky not to get into Q3; he would have done if it wasn't for an impressive lap by Perez to snatch the final place in the last part of qualifying. The good thing for Paul though is that starting on an odd numbered grid position (e.g. 1,3,5,7 etc.) is much better than an even numbered grid position as that's on the racing line and there will be more grip at the start for those drivers. So hopefully Paul can get past Sergio Perez on the opening lap.

A double points finish is on the cards tomorrow and if Force India are lucky there is no reason why they can't grab another 6th position like last weekend =)

Can't wait for the race, should be an interesting one! =)

Hungarian GP - Practice Three

Results: Di Resta 10th (1:23.276), Sutil 16th (1:23.966).

A strong showing for Paul Di Resta in the final practice session, once again proving Force India are best of the rest. Adrian Sutil was 7tenths of a second slower than Paul, either he made mistake or caught traffic but it's better that things like that happen in practice and not qualifying =)

We wish the team the best of luck in qualifying! =)

29/07/2011

Quotes!

Quotes from Force India's three drivers and Dominic Harlow (chief race engineer) are on the F1 website here.

Further quotes from Paul Di Resta about the teams' prospects in qualifying are online at autosport.com and also on that website Kamui Kobayashi speaks about Sauber's chances of beating Force India this weekend (makes great reading for us!)

Hungarian GP - Practice Two

Results: Di Resta 9th (1:22.835), Sutil 10th (1:22.981).

Nice to see both cars inside the top ten! Once again both drivers very close together and slotting in just behind the top four teams - it's looking like an interesting weekend for Force India once again, hopefully they can outscore Sauber and Toro Rosso this weekend, that will be the aim!

As always Auto India Sports will have updates from FP3 and Qualifying tomorrow! =)

Hungarian GP - Practice One/2012 Indian GP

Results: Di Resta 12th (1:25.336), Hulkenberg 13th (1:25.357).

The Force India team spent the morning analysing the diffuser and an improved front wing brought to this race. After 25minutes of the session had been completed the only driver to have set a laptime was Nico Hulkenberg - clearly eager to get lots of track time; Adrian Sutil will be back in that car for FP2.

Overall, a decent solid session for our guys, almost identical laptimes! All three of Force India's drivers keep showing that they are very evenly matched, it's great competition =)

In other news, the 2012 Indian GP has been published on an unconfirmed calendar as being the 4th race of the season on the 22nd April. As the 2011 Indian GP is on the 30th October that will mean two Indian races within 7months =)

Weekend Preview

Two series with Indian interests in action this weekend.

F1 heads to Hungary ahead of the summer break with Force India looking to build on their impressive speed last week in Germany.

The midfield battle is very tight, this is how things currently stand:

Constructors Standings (battle for 6th)
6th: Sauber (35pts)
7th: Force India (20pts)
8th: Toro Rosso (17pts)

Sauber are currently on top however Force India do appear to have the quickest car of the three teams at the moment so it should be very interesting!

Meanwhile in the drivers championship this is how things currently stand for our guys:

Drivers Standings (11th downwards)
11th: Kamui Kobayashi (27pts) 
12th: Adrian Sutil (18pts)
13th: Jaime Alguersuari (9pts)
14th: Sergio Perez (8pts)
15th: Sebastien Buemi (8pts)
16th: Rubens Barrichello (4pts) 
17th: Paul di Resta (2pts)
18th: Pedro de la Rosa (0pts)
19th: Jarno Trulli (0pts)
20th: Vitantonio Liuzzi (0pts)
21st: Pastor Maldonado (0pts)
22nd: Jerome d'Ambrosio (0pts)
23rd: Heikki Kovalainen (0pts)
24th: Timo Glock (0pts) 
25th: Narain Karthikeyan (0pts)
26th: Daniel Ricciardo (0pts) 
27th: Karun Chandhok (0pts)

Looking elsewhere, races nine and ten occur in the French F4 championship at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit with Parth Ghorpade in action. He will be looking to improve on his current standing in the championship and add to his 6points scored so far. His best race finish this season is 8th (x2) and there is no reason why he can not improve on that this weekend!

French F4 Championship (11th downwards)
11th: Francisco-Javier Suarez (17pts)
12th: Alex Loan Ventura (15pts)
13th: Jordan Perroy (13pts)
14th: Kevin Balthazar (12pts)
15th: Paul Petit (6pts) 
16th: Parth Ghorpade (6pts)
17th: Josh Fielding (5pts)
18th: Tomasz Krzeminski (3pts)
19th: Alexander Boquoi (0pts)
20th: Marie Baus-Coppens (0pts)
21st: Jean Antunes (0pts)

Let's hope for the best for all our drivers! As always full updates will be available on Auto India Sports! =)

For full standings of all the championships we follow please go to our championship standings page located here.

28/07/2011

Force India in the news

A couple of articles are online that i want to point your attention to; firstly Paul Di Resta states he is still annoyed at Nick Heidfeld after the pair came together in the last GP, ruining the Scottish drivers race.

Also Sauber's technical director James Key (once of Force India) has stated that 6th place in the constructors championship is a realistic goal. However the fact that he feels the need to say that to the media means he and his team are obviously feeling the pressure from Force India. Our team is getting noticed =)

27/07/2011

Paul Di Resta - the joke must end!

There is a very interesting article on the BBC website here in which Paul Di Resta describes his recent luck as "a joke". He has failed to score points in eight races despite being fast enough in nearly every race.

We will continue to root for him though, given his pace it's only a matter of time before the points start to come =)

Shell expansion

If you have not done so already, check this out - it can only be good news for India! =D

26/07/2011

German GP – As close as it can get

It was one cracker of a race. It had all the things which fans crave for, some awesome driving, overtakes, it was all action packed day. There were spins, mistakes & incidents too. It was Lewis Hamilton of McLaren who claimed his second win of the season which was unlikely on Friday, followed him was Alonso of Ferrari and Red Bull’s Webber, trio giving the action which we want.

Here is the detailed report of the whole weekend:

FP1:
Here we were for the German GP weekend to kick-off. The weather was quite cold with chances of rain (which didn’t in the end). All cars out to try the Pirelli’s Soft and Medium compound tyres along with trying out the new upgrades on their car. In the end it was Ferrari’s Alonso topping the timing sheets followed by Webber & Vettel of Red Bull. Force India’s Sutil & Hulkenberg (both in their home GP’s) finished off at a good P8 & P9. Both our Indian F1 drivers too were in action with Karthikeyan (sitting for Liuzzi) in his HRT F1 finishing at P20 while Chandhok (sitting for Trulli, a surprise move by the team) in his Team Lotus debut as a whole weekend driver finished at P21. We saw some spins and lock-ups but the biggest was, Buemi bouncing over the gravel top when he was trying hard to improve his timing.


FP2:
The teams were back after lunch for the second session of the first day. The weather remained cold throughout the day. Webber in his Red Bull finished at top in the end followed by Alonso in his Ferrari & Vettel in his Red Bull. Force India’s home boy Sutil finished at P10 while his team-mate Paul finished at P12. Another strong session for the team and the drivers, comfortably ahead of their direct rivals. Chandhok in his Team Lotus continued his improvement and finished at P20, he had a huge spin at the start. His major issue was understanding the brakes of the car as it was different from his previous team. Only, Buemi didn’t set a time as his car was troubled with misfire.


FP3:
A new day, the teams were hoping for a bit of ease in temperature but it was still cold with teams facing stiff challenge ahead. Vettel by the end of the session finished at the top of the table followed by his team-mate Webber & Alonso of Ferrari. Force India looked very comfortable and strong with Sutil finishing at P8 while Paul finishing at P12. Chandhok in his Team Lotus was still learning the car as he finished at P23, spinning his car two-three times.

It was looking good for Force India, I expected atleast one car in Q3 as the pace was looking good from the onset and the drivers felt comfortable as well. As for Chandhok, it would have been tough but was expecting him to be close to Heikki.


Qualifying:
Q1:
It was qualifying time as the teams set out in order to get through to Q2, the times kept changing during the session as the track was improving and the drivers were getting the much needed grip. In the end it was Massa who finished at P1 in the session as he took the advantage of the improving condition. All the six drivers of the news teams bowed out as expected. Chandhok in his last lap improved and qualified at P21, 0.8s slower than his team-mate which was quite his target. Kobayashi of Sauber was the driver who bowed out along with the other six. Both our Force India drivers safely made it to Q2.


Q2:
The track kept improving and so did the times of the cars. McLaren jumped into the Pole fray, something which they said will be tough to get as Hamilton topped the time sheets in Q2. The top 5 place was all booked, it was the next 5 places which the drivers were fighting for. An improved last run by Sutil helped him to get through to Q3 in his home GP. While Paul had to settle with P12 but he was ahead of all our direct competitors. Heidfeld, Paul, Maldonado, Rubens, Perez, Buemi & Jamie bowed out in the end. I was happy with Sutil making it to Q3 as I had expected one car in Q3, though Paul’s time and position was strong too to challenge for points.


Q3:
The stage was all set as it was well a 3 way battle for pole. Clearly, Webber, Hamilton & Vettel were in for getting on pole. It was a close battle between Webber & Hamilton but in the end it was Mark Webber of Red Bull getting the Pole position with Hamilton securing a surprise P2, followed by Vettel at P3. Force India’s Sutil continued with his strong form and qualified at P8 in the end with both Renaults & one Mercedes behind him. It was his best qualifying till date in the 2011 season.

For Force India it was just time to convert yet another great qualifying performance into a good point haul and get ahead of Toro Rosso & Sauber in the Championship. An interesting race was on the cards with rain being predicted.


Race:
It was a cloudy Sunday afternoon with possibilities of rain in the later part of the race (which didn’t come). Some drivers hoped for rain and some didn’t, its natural. For a change Vettel wasn’t on the front row, it was Webber and alongside him was Hamilton with Vettel and Alonso behind. We hoped for an exciting start (frankly, I was craving for it). The five red lights illuminated and we see, Hamilton taking the lead, once again Webber losing out. Behind them Vettel & Alonso having a fight and behind them Rosberg & Massa. Sutil had a good start as he gained one place to be 7th. But his team-mate Paul unfortunately spun after Heidfeld hit him from behind and he dropped back to last, his bad luck continued to haunt him. The tussle at the top continued for laps to go.

Vettel got to P3 but soon Alonso took back the position from him, then Vettel had a half-spin and faced some break issue problems which slowed him a bit. The fight ahead then took a 3-way turn as Webber & Hamilton fought for the first place with Alonso joining in, the way they were going it was giving us the entertainment we were craving for, a top position fight. Webber managed to lead a lap too which he hasn’t during the season. Force India’s Sutil was driving his heart out and making most of his tyre in order to go for a 2 stop strategy and gain points. Paul in the mean while was passing the slow cars one by one in his quest to be in the top 10. Chandhok strangely was running last which quite proved that he was having a tough time out there.

There was yellow flags when Heifeld (the first DNF) crashed out as he was trying to pass Buemi (who suffered a rear tyre puncture). Meanwhile, the tussle went on ahead, Vettel & Massa fighting for P4 position, didn’t imagine that Vettel will too fight for positions lower than P1. Sutil was riding lonely most of the race on P6 & P7 while Paul was in points one time but the pit-stop threw him back behind Jamie at P13. Chandhok went a lap or two down but hung in there, determined to finish the race. Hamilton took the lead after getting ahead of Alonso, in another great move.

By end, Hamilton had taken a comfortable lead to win the race with Alonso behind him, having driven another great race. Webber should be just happy with his P3, he could have won but the pace was just not there. The grit & determination of Hamilton was commendable, he was just superb. While Vettel & Massa even in pits provided the last touches to the race, unfortunately a bit slow pit-stop helped Vettel to over-take Massa in the pits and thereby getting the P4 position. For Force India it was like redemption as Sutil in his home race finished at P6 (best result for him & team this season), he was in my eyes the best German of the race, it was just perfect. Paul had to content with P13, the spin compromised his points scoring chances but he did well to come up the field. Chandhok finished the race last but he drove a good race, it was very tough but he held there.

I was happy with Force India getting those 8 valuable points and getting ahead of there competitor Torro Rosso in the Championship Table (P7). The car is improving and at the moment looking as if the best of the mid-field. For me the Moment Of the Year (until now) goes to Webber giving a lift to Alonso in his RBR7 to the parc frme, when Alonso had to stop his car. It was a cute and funny moment. Next up is Hungary, and we don’t have to wait long, its on this Sunday. Can’t wait..!!

Mallya speaks!

There is a nice interview, conducted by f1.com, with Force India team owner Vijay Mallya online here, recommended read!

25/07/2011

Championship update

Just to let you guys know, our championship standings page has been updated and can be viewed here.

Also, you might wanna take a look here for all the latest news on the upcoming FIA gala in New Delhi =)

24/07/2011

JK Racing Asia Series Race 3 & 4 - Sentul

Race Three Result: Bharath 8th (3 points).
Race Four Result: Bharath DNF.

The Sunday races in the JK Racing Asia Series produced mixed results for the Indian driver, scoring 3points in race three with a solid 8th place finish and a DNF in race four.

Overall a good weekend for Raj Bharath, 5points scored in total (two yesterday, three today) and hopefully he can carry this good form into the next races at the Guangdong International Circuit in China on the 13th August.

Formula Two Qualifying 2 & Race 2 - Brands Hatch

Qualifying Two Results: Ebrahim 8th (1:16.624), Sureshwaren 20th (1:18.661).
Race Two Results: Ebrahim 6th (8 points), Sureshwaren 14th.

A great qualifying for Armaan Ebrahim saw him firmly inside the top ten with a great chance of scoring points come the race. Parthiva Sureshwaren meanwhile struggled during the session and ended up in last place some 0.4seconds behind 19th placed man Sunghak Mun unfortunately.

So the qualifying session went well for Armaan, but the race went even better! Similarly to Adrian Sutil in F1, Ebrahim started 8th and finished 6th meaning 8points on the board! Parthiva did manage to make some progress during the race which got him up to 14th place.

Ebrahim will want more of the same at the next race whereas Sureshwaren needs to start getting some points on the board - as always, we'll hope for the best for our drivers =)

German GP - Race

Results: Sutil 6th (8 points), Di Resta 13th, Chandhok 20th.

Well, that turned out to be a race of mixed fortunes for Force India ... Di Resta and Heidfeld had a coming together on the opening lap (unseen by the World TV feed) which caused Di Resta to spin and placed the Scottish driver dead last. Meanwhile Sutil had a great start, overtaking Jenson Button and keeping his car firmly in 7th place.

While most of the front runners went for a three stop strategy, the Force India team decided to go for a two stopper with both cars and it worked out great for Adrian Sutil eventually gaining him 6th place - a wonderful effort by him, great driving, great pace and a good call by the team.

As for Paul he was always going to struggle after being at the back during the first lap but his pace was actually very good and he came back through the field impressively to grab 13th place, just 0.4s behind the Toro Rosso of Alguersuari.

By my reckoning there are three positives to draw on from this race from Force India's point of view. Firslty, 8points on the board for Force India which puts the team ahead of Toro Rosso in the constructors championship and closes the gap to Sauber. Secondly, the team proved yet again they have the fastest car after the top teams. Thirdly, Paul Di Resta may have been unlucky at the start however the rookie driver got a lot of practice in the art of passing today, something which is very hard to do in Formula One - it will benefit him in the long run.

As for Chandhok's race, once Di Resta got passed him on lap two the Indian fell to the back and remained there for the rest of his race. He did have one spin during the GP however he did finish which is all that could have been asked of him on his first race back =)

Overall a great day, hoping for more of the same in Hungary! Full weekend review by Darshan Chokhani coming in the next few days =)

23/07/2011

Canadian GP - Qualifying - Breaking News

From the FIA: "Sebastien Buemi originally qualified 16th, after recording a Q1 time of 1m 33.635s and a Q2 time 1m 33.546s. But he had his times deleted after the FIA discovered the fuel in his Toro Rosso did not conform to the regulations".

As a result Buemi will either start from the back of the grid or from the pit lane, this promotes Karun Chandhok to 20th position on the grid =)

JK Racing Asia Series Race 1 & 2 - Sentul

Race One Result: Bharath 9th (2 points).
Race Two Result: Bharath 11th.

Before the race an interview appeared with Raj Bharath here, well worth a read! In that interview he stated “This weekend is going to be better than the last weekend for sure”, and he was spot on!

He got a 9th place in race one, scoring two points - that equals his best ever race finish in this new series. In race two he was so close to the points in 11th.

The championship standings will be updated tomorrow after Race 3 & 4 but in the meantime why not learn more about Raj by visiting his profile on the JK Racing Asia Series website here!

Formula Two Qualifying 1 & Race 1 - Brands Hatch

Qualifying One Results: Ebrahim 15th (1:17.205), Sureshwaren 19th (1:18.189).
Race One Results: Ebrahim 9th (2 points), Sureshwaren 11th.

The qualifying results may look poor at first however from 1st place down to where Ebrahim qualified in 15th the gap was only just over one second! An extremely tight session for everyone but both our drivers would have hoped for a little more. However disappointment would turn into joy for the Indian drivers!

The race was filled with incidents, collisions and retirements however our drivers both kept their head, drove safely and it paid off. Armaan Ebrahim took 2points for 9th place whereas Sureshwaren was just outside the points in 11th but nevertheless he should be delighted at his progress through the field!

Race two happens tomorrow but you can view the updated championship standings here =)

German GP - Qualifying

 Results: Sutil 8th (1:32.010), Di Resta 12th (1:32.560), Chandhok 21st (1:36.422).

Same positions for the Force India boys in qualifying as in practice three! Great effort by them!

Both Force India drivers have looked strong all weekend and they didn't disappoint in qualifying ... it was actually Sutil who knocked out Di Resta at the end of Q2 and he then went on to get 8th place. A double points finish will now be the teams aim tomorrow.

As for Karun, he improved alot for qualifying and ended up just 0.9seconds behind teammate Kovalainen ... considering this is his first time on the Pirelli tyres or using DRS in a qualifying session when the pressure is on, that's a brilliant effort! He's lines up 21st tomorrow =)

German GP - Practice Three

Results: Sutil 8th (1:32.391), Di Resta 12th (1:32.813), Chandhok 23rd (1:36.959).

Once again Adrian Sutil demonstrated that Force India are "best of the rest" with a great 8th place! Paul Di Resta lost about half a second on his quick lap and could only classify 12th - but it's better that happens in practice rather than in qualifying =)

Meanwhile, Karun Chandhok appears to be struggling to get to grips with the Team Lotus car, complaining about the balance and the brakes - it was always going to be hard for him given it's his first race of the season. Towards the end of the session he lost the rear end of the car, span across the gravel and stopped on track - no visible damage though. He was 1.6seconds down on teammate Kovalainen.

We can assume Chandhok will be hoping for rain in qualifying, and there is a high chance of that (around 70%) ... Adrian Sutil would also benefit if it rains, he has a lot of experience around this circuit from more junior racing series.

Can't wait for qualifying! As always you'll be able to catch all the news from qualifying right here! =)

22/07/2011

Formula Two Practice 1&2 - Brands Hatch

Practice One Results: Ebrahim 17th (1:19.483), Sureshwaren 18th (1:19.501)
Practice Two Results: Ebrahim 11th (1:18.564), Sureshwaren 17th (1:19.048)

In first practice we saw both Indians unusually very close to eachother but unfortunately this appeared to be more of a reflection on Ebrahim going slower than usual rather than Sureshwaren going faster than usual judging by the positions.

However, practice two came along and we saw a nice improvement from both drivers! Ebrahim found nine tenths of a second on his morning time to place him in a promising 11th whereas Sureshwaren found half a second of pace - although that only gained him one position compared with the morning session.

So heading into qualifying one things are not looking too bad! If Ebrahim can sneak himself into the top ten then points may well be on the cards for him come the race! Sureshwaren could also be right up there to if he can find another half second. It will be exciting stuff for sure! =)

German GP - Friday Practices

Due to the unavailability of the site admins we were unable to do a session report straight after FP1 but not to worry, the report of both sessions is below:

FP1

Results: Sutil 8th (1:33.832), Hulkenberg 9th (1:33.858), Karthikeyan 20th (1:38.504), Chandhok 21st (1:38.765).

One again a strong session on Friday for Force India meant that the team are looking impressive for a potentially good result this weekend. Sutil classified 8th - best of the midfield runners whereas Hulkenberg, stepping in for Di Resta, classified 9th. Paul will be back in the car for FP2.

Meanwhile down at HRT F1 (formerly known as Hispania Racing but they have now changed their name) Karthikeyan stepped in the car once more to replace ex-Force India driver Vitantonio Liuzzi for FP1. He actually had a very impressive session beating both Virgins, and teammate Ricciardo aswell as the Team Lotus car driven by our very own Karun Chandhok. Karun, who gets a chance to race this weekend in place of Jarno Trulli, had an okay session as he began to get to grips with the car, although he was 2.4seconds down on teammate Heikki Kovalainen and this will need to be addressed as the weekend continues. One unusual thing to note from the session is that Chandhok's left wing mirror fell off during an out lap, however it wasn't an issue as the team replaced it when he next pitted.

FP2

Results: Sutil 10th (1:33.211), Di Resta 12th (1:33.299), Chandhok 20th (1:37.248).

Both Force India cars in the top 12 positions yet again! Given recent form the team are beginning to establish themselves as best of the rest behind the top five teams, at least in terms of pace - they do have some ground to make up in the constructors championship though.

As for Karun Chandhok, 20th place isn't too bad, he's still learning about the car. One very positive thing to note is that he reduced the gap to his teammate from 2.4seconds in FP1 to 1.5seconds in FP2 - the improvement is happening =)

Additional

We found an interesting interview on the F1 website from Paul Di Resta here, well worth a read!

21/07/2011

Chandhok to race once more!

The news that has just been announced at Team Lotus is that for the German GP Karun Chandhok will be racing in place of Jarno Trulli. Bizarrely as part of the same announcement the team also stated they are going to start talks with Trulli about extending his contract - very strange but we're not complaining!

We wish Karun the best of luck this weekend, hoepfully he can impress enough to make the seat his own.

19/07/2011

Weekend Preview

Three motorsport series that have Indian interests are in action this weekend in what promises to be a very exciting few days of action!

The major race is of course the Formula One race in Germany. The Force India team will be looking to turn their recent promising pace into a points finish and close the gap to Sauber and Toro Rosso in the constructors championship. Whereas the drivers, Adrian Sutil (this will be his home race) and Paul Di Resta will both be wanting to boost their current points totals and positions in the drivers championship.

Meanwhile Narain Karthikeyan will not be in action this weekend after losing his seat to Daniel Ricciardo. As for Karun Chandhok, at this moment in time it is unknown whether he will be making an appearence in FP1 on Friday.

Here are things as they stand at the moment in the championships:

Drivers Standings (10th to 26th)
10th: Michael Schumacher (28pts)
11th: Kamui Kobayashi (25pts) 
12th: Adrian Sutil (10pts)
13th: Jaime Alguersuari (9pts)
14th: Sergio Perez (8pts)
15th: Sebastien Buemi (8pts)
16th: Rubens Barrichello (4pts) 
17th: Paul di Resta (2pts)
18th: Pedro de la Rosa (0pts)
19th: Jarno Trulli (0pts)
20th: Vitantonio Liuzzi (0pts)
21st: Jerome d'Ambrosio (0pts)
22nd: Heikki Kovalainen (0pts)
23rd: Pastor Maldonado (0pts)
24th: Timo Glock (0pts) 
25th: Narain Karthikeyan (0pts)
26th: Daniel Ricciardo (0pts)

Constructors Standings (midfield battle - 6th to 9th)
6th: Sauber (33pts)
7th: Toro Rosso (17pts) 
8th: Force India (12pts)
9th: Williams (4pts)

Quotes from all the drivers plus Force India owner Vijay Mallya on the German GP can be found here.

Formula Two will also be running this weekend at Brands Hatch in England. Both Armaan Ebrahim and Parthiva Sureshwaren will be desparately looking for a points finish - Ebrahim has not scored in six races and Sureshwaren has failed to register points all season! Hopefully things will turn around at this race.

Everyone runs in the same car specification in F2 meaning no constructors championship, but the drivers championship, as things stand, is below:

Formula 2 Standings (10th to 26th)
10th: Kelvin Snoeks (16pts)
11th: Jordan King (16pts)
12th: Jon Lancaster (14pts)
13th: Mikkel Mac (14pts)
14th: Thiemo Storz (13pts) 
15th: Armaan Ebrahim (6pts)
16th: Max Snegirev (2pts)
17th: Tom Gladdis (1pt)
18th: Banjamin Lariche (1pt)
19th: Johannes Theobald (1pts)
20th: James Cole (0pts)
21st: Jose Luis Abadin (0pts)
22nd: Julian Theobald (0pts) 
23rd: Parthiva Sureshwaren (0pts)
24th: Sunghak Mun (0pts)
25th: Plamen Kralev (0pts)
26th: Natalia Kowalska (0pts)

We said three motorsport series were in action and the third is the continuation of the inaugral JK Racing Asia Series with Raj Bharath in action.

Raj has scored two points so far this season with a 9th place finish at Sepang (Malaysia) and he will be hoping to add to his tally this weekend as the series runs four races (two on Saturday and two on Sunday - all at Sentul, Indonesia). Raj drives for the Malaysian team Meritus GP and they will be hoping to catch Petronas Mofaz for 2nd in the constructors championship.

The championships, as things stand, are below:

Drivers Standings (10th to 15th)
10th: Andrey Khrapov (15pts)
11th: Pasin Lathouras (11pts)
12th: Natasha Seatter (7pts)
13th: Freddie Ang (7pts) 
14th: Raj Bharath (2pts) 
15th: Dylan Young (0pts)

Constructors Standings
1st: Eurointernational (224pts)
2nd: Petronas Mofaz (148pts)
3rd: Meritus GP (101pts)
4th: Eurasia Motorsport (77pts)
5th: Atlantic (55pts)
6th: E-Rain (0pts)
7th: Mahara (0pts)

Full standings of the race series mentioned above, plus other motorsport series with Indian influence can be found on our page here.

Of course you will be able to follow all the action this weekend right here with regular reports and updates. Stay tuned! =)

18/07/2011

Mallya: errors must end!

There is a nice article on Autosport.com about Force India owner Vijay Mallya's thoughts on the miscommunication between pitwall and mechanics during the last GP in Britain.

The teams driver, Paul Di Resta, looked good for 7th place until the mechanics had Adrian Sutil's tyres ready in the pitbox with Paul Di Resta in the pitlane - the time is took the team to get the correct tyres from the garage cost Paul several positions in the race and he didn't end up in the points.

Mallya is right when he says these errors must end and hopefully the team review the current communication methods. It's promising to know that the situation has been flagged up by the boss though! =)

17/07/2011

We're still here!

We haven't had any updates in the last few days but don't worry, we are still here there has just been no new news ... we will have some new features over the coming weeks though =)

Feel free to comment on this post with suggestions on how we can improve or what you would like to see us do!

13/07/2011

Motorsport India Pictures!

Okay guys, just a quick post to let you know we have added a new page to our blog!

If you would like to see how Indian Motorsport has developed you'll love our new page here!

Please keep recommending us to your friends, we're very grateful for your support =)

Bundle of news 2!

Typically as soon as we post an article with all the latest Indian motorsport related news a whole heap of other articles hit the press!

Firstly Lewis Hamilton has decided to ditch his scheduled trip to India so he can concentrate more on upcoming races rather than promotional events. While this is a shame for India it's not a big issue as he'll be in India in October anyway! =D

Secondly, there is a great video online that i highly recommend you guys watch! Eddie Jordan chatting with Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta at the post-Silverstone race concert. Simply press play below:



Next up, Manipe F1 are reporting that the FIA track inspection of the Indian GP will be on 3rd of August - official confirmation of this date is yet to be announced.

Finally, and probably most interestingly, Karun Chandhok has stated that Mallya is wrong to not be putting Indian drivers in the Force India car. This appears to be a typical driver point of view vs team owner point of view debate - just like in the last GP where Webber was told by Red Bull to not overtake Vettel; but the Australian just ignored the call from the team and attempted it anyway.

Personally i wouldn't read too much into this, Chandhok just wants a drive at Force India - he probably is good enough ... i think he'll end up at the team eventually, however they currently have no space as the teams three current drivers are all very good.

However in that mini interview with autosport.com Chandhok stated "But you are not going to find the next Indian star by running events in single-engined four-stroke rental karts on 400 metre tracks made out of concrete." I'm very disappointed by this comment. He of all people knows that you can't just put a rookie straight into a top level racing series, it all starts with karting - maybe it was just a heat of the moment comment.

Narain Karthikeyan has also said his piece stating: "Against all the odds, both of us have made it to Formula one. It doesn't matter who I drive for in the Indian Grand Prix. It's just a symbolic and historic moment and one that can show aspiring young drivers what they can do with hard work and effort. The Tata Group is very supportive of what I do and that's all that matters."

Both the Indian drivers at the moment seem to think that they were being criticised by Mr.Mallya but that simply wasn't the case.

Bundle of news!

There have been a lot of news articles in the last few days relating to Indian Motorsport so we're gonna place them all in one article here for your convince.

Firstly at Force India; Vijay Mallya has come back at critics who say he could do more for Indian Motorsport by hiring Chandhok or Karthikeyan for Force India. The original article is here - and we 100% agree with Mr.Mallya!

Next up, Adrian Sutil has given an interesting interview here and he has also spoken to the official Formula One website about his F1 fantasy (which is a feature they are currently running), that's available to read here.

Also related to Force India, Nico Hulkenberg has stated his desire for a race seat next season (article can be viewed here) and there are roomers that Sam Michael is going to join Force India's technical team when his contract with Williams expires at the end of the season. That article can be viewed here but just a word of note that it's a Russian website so the English isn't brilliant ... nevertheless, you can get the gist of the story.

Finally, F1 rocks, the concerts associated with Formula One races is in town during the Indian GP - for more information click here.

12/07/2011

Emma Buxton Interview!

Well, we didn't get to 100 likes on facebook yet, however due to my e-mail inbox being flooded with requests to reveal the surprise we thought we'd post it now!

The interview, exclusive to Auto India Sports, was with Force India's temporary communications manager Emma Buxton (@EmBearpark on twitter). She was in that role for four races this season; the first three of the season (Australia, Malaysia, China) and at the latest GP in Britain. Emma has had a very impressive career within motorsport so far having worked for various different bodies including A1GP Team Monaco, BAR Honda F1 Team, FOM (Formula One Management), The BBC, The British Racing Drivers' Club, Super Aguri F1 Team and of course Force India.

Currently Emma looks after the PR requirements for Alexander Rossi (racing in World Series by Renault) and Alice Powell (racing in Formula Renault UK).

Our interview with her was essentially a question and answer session and the product of this session is below - enjoy! =)

1) So you were Communications Manager for Force India for the first three races of the season, what did that role entail?

I drafted the weekend PR schedule for the drivers and key team members. I scheduled interview requests and ensured that the drivers fulfilled FIA commitments when at the track, such as attending press conferences and post-running media scrums – as the ones you see on the TV! I also used to tweet from @clubforce from time to time and I drafted and issued all of the team press releases.
 
2) Did you travel out to Australia, Malaysia and China? Which country did you like best and why? 


I am a fan of Australia as I have friends who live in Melbourne, but I also really like to visit Malaysia as I enjoy the food and the spa treatments at the hotels! I also like the Sepang track.
 
3) What was the atmosphere like at Force India, did they make you feel welcome? 


The atmosphere is great at the team! It reminded me of my days at Super Aguri – small and friendly. The team was very welcoming and, as the only travelling girl, I did not feel awkward at all! The guys are great.
 
4) Can you sum up your stint with Force India? Any fond memories? 


Very fond memories. I was pleasantly surprised at how relaxed the drivers are, and I have many memories that will stay with me for ever.
 
5) Was there anyone you became close friends with in the team? 


I used to travel to and from the track with the Sporting Director, Andy Stevenson, and I respect him very much as he has been in F1 since 1991. I also got on very well with the drivers, and I keep in touch with Adrian.
 
6) Can you give three words to describe:


i) Adrian Sutil 
intelligent, gentle and handsome! 

ii) Paul Di Resta
genuine, determined, fast

iii) Nico Hulkenberg
cute (he’ll hate me for saying that!), quick, racer
 
7) You also worked with BBC F1 Interactive coverage, how does that compare with working for a team? 


It is very different! You are trying to liaise and work with all teams for interviews and factory visits etc, so you need to have a lot of contacts.
 
8) So do you prefer working for a team or working for a media company? 


I love working for a team – you get to focus on supporting one team and that set of drivers with a common goal, to win, or at least do well.
 
9) You currently look after the PR requirements for Alexander Rossi (in World Series by Renault) and Alice Powell (in Formula Renault UK), how does that compare to F1? 


It is different as I only write the press releases for Alexander and I am an advisor to Alice. I do not travel with them to their races, so despite watching their races from home, you miss some of the atmosphere.
 
10) Your back for the British GP with Force India, but could we possibly ever see you with the team in a more permanent role? 


I will never say never, but at the moment I am happy working for myself and having time to look after my daughter who is only 15 months old and the most important thing in my life.
 

To find out more about Emma visit her personal website here.

I'm sure you'll agree that the interview made for fascinating reading! Remember to bookmark us and subscribe to our facebook page which can be found here as we are planning more interviews with more people in the near future and we'd hate for you guys to miss out!

11/07/2011

British GP - battles until the bitter end!

My colleague Darshan Chokhani usually writes these whole weekend reviews however he is undergoing exams at the minute so while he's busy studying i (Peter Santamaria-Woods) will be taking over his article - we wish Darshan the best of luck!

So the F1 circus arrived at Silverstone which made a refreshing change after racing around the street-style circuits of Monaco, Canada and Europe recently. Various teams brought upgrades to this race in the hope of boosting performance and with the whole off-throttle blown diffuser argument rumbling on it was always going to be an exciting weekend.

Here is the detailed report of the weekend:

FP1:
As always teams were desperate to gather data in an attempt to determine how well their cars were working with new upgrades however the track was wet. The problem with a wet track in practice is that teams are limited on wet tyres and need to save them for qualifying and the race in case it begins to rain in those sessions - which in a country like Britain is highly likely! Furthermore, how wet is wet exactly? Laptimes are skewed in the wet weather and inconsistent amounts of water on the circuit doesn't help the teams analyse how quick their cars actually are. Teams were so desperate to gather data however that we actually saw Lewis Hamilton going onto the wet track on slick tyres! Very brave from him and it made for interesting viewing. Speaking of interesting viewing there was an amusing incident when Mark Webber's head rest decided to pop-up from the car while he was on track, luckily he realised and held it down until he got back to the pits. Several drivers had incidents on the slippery track and Fernando Alonso had a very dramatic spin. The biggest incident however was Kamui Kobayashi - getting onto the wet curb, spinning round at high speed almost flipping the car and slamming into the barrier, thankfully he walked away uninjured.

Mark Webber ended the session a the top of the pile followed by Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello. The Force India's of Nico Hulkenberg and Paul Di Resta were 9th and 11th respectively with Karun Chandhok in 20th. Championship leader Sebastian Vettel was 13th but of course in these conditions the laptimes counted for very little.

FP2:
The track was wetter for FP2 after a shower just before the session began and this meant that only four midfield runners ventured onto the track for the first half of the session much to the disappointment of the British fans. After that the track was slightly dryer however and more drivers began to explore the circuit - most drivers learnt from their spins in FP1 and kept their cars on the track well. The major incident of the session was Nico Rosberg aquaplaning on the straight but doing a brilliant job to keep his car pointing in the right direction - incredible control! Teams got onto the intermediate tyres towards the end of the session but no-one managed to make it onto slicks.

The session was topped by Felipe Massa followed by Nico Rosberg and Kamui Kobayashi (who had not slowed down at all after his FP1 crash - in fact he was being more aggressive if anything!). The Force India boys had a strong showing in the session finishing 6th and 7th; but yet again positions meant nothing at this stage due to varying fuel loads and differing amounts of water on the circuit.

FP3:
Intermittent showers greeted the drivers for the first Saturday session however for the first time of the weekend they did get some dry running in towards the end of the hour. As drivers became more and more confident we naturally began to see less and less incidents - the only incident in this session being a spin for Hispania driver Vitantonio Liuzzi from which he recovered and continued his session.

As the track was continually drying we saw some strange results which can be attributed to leaving quick laps later (for a dryer track), for example Pastor Maldonado was up in 5th place and Sergio Perez was 9th. Vettel topped the session with Alonso second and Webber third. The Force India boys were strong once again in 10th and 12th (Paul ahead of Adrian).

Qualifying:
Q1:
Qualifying started on a damp circuit but there was a prediction of rain early on and so everyone set banker laps at the beginning of the session to try and pre-empt the rain. All eyes were on Team Lotus (the fastest of the newer teams) to see if they could spring a shock in the tricky conditions. Towards the end of the session the guys in the dropzone were Alguersuari, Buemi, Glock, Trulli, D'Ambrosio, Liuzzi and Ricciardo - and that's when the rain started to fall, quite heavily in fact, meaning no-one could improve their laptime. Two Toro Rosso's were out and Kovalainen squeezed into Q2 for Team Lotus, a good effort!

Q2:
The track was drying during Q2, getting faster and faster with more cars laying more rubber on the circuit and the biggest shock of the session was probably Michael Schumacher qualifying down in 13th place, he was disappointed. Adrian Sutil and Sergio Perez only just narrowly missed out on Q3 however their teammates Paul Di Resta and Kamui Kobayashi made it in along with an impressive Maldonado. The dropzone was Sutil, Perez, Schumacher, Petrov, Barrichello, Heidfeld and Kovalainen.

Q3:
The track was continuing to dry and laptimes were beginning to tumble. This time all eyes were on Sebastian Vettel, could he get pole once again? The answer was no however Red Bull still grabbed pole, his teammate Mark Webber did a great lap on what was still a damp track, finding enough grip to put him top of the pile! Vettel was alongside in 2nd place. There were two major shocks in this session though, Di Resta qualifying in a career best 6th place for Force India and Hamilton having a poor lap to come only 10th. The top ten on the grid for Sunday would be: Webber, Vettel, Alonso, Massa, Button, Di Resta, Maldonado, Kobayashi, Rosberg and Hamilton.

Race:
The action began even before the race started as Sergio Perez managed to have an incident on the way to the grid, running across the gravel and damaging his front wing! However it got replaced before the race and he was okay to start. The track conditions were a nightmare for the drivers, the first half on the lap had a bone dry circuit, the second half was very wet! Tyre choice was intermediates for everyone.

As the race began Vettel immediately stormed into the lead, having a better start than Webber and he lead into the first turn. The other man to have a good start to the race was Lewis Hamilton, getting up to 4th place from 10th very quickly. Di Resta was a man who lost out to Lewis and dropped to 7th. Sutil remained in 11th position.

Michael Schumacher was the first man to have contact in the race, he slid into the side of Kamui Kobayashi meaning the German had to pit for a new nosecone, he also put on the dry tyres in that stop - the first man to do so - and at that point he was much quicker than everyone else so we saw a flurry of activity in the pits with everyone switching to the dry tyres.

With everyone now on slicks the racing could resume and Hamilton flew past Alonso into 3rd place; Alonso was clearly struggling for grip. Meanwhile further down the grid we had lost both Team Lotus cars - Kovalainen (gearbox) and Trulli (oil leak) were both out of the race. Kobayashi would also later retire with an oil leak.

It was looking good for Force India with their cars sitting pretty in 7th and 8th places, Di Resta ahead of Sutil.

Fernando Alonso then managed to start getting his tyres to work and managed to take the 3rd place back from Lewis Hamilton. Both of them were lapping very quickly and closing in on the Red Bull cars out front. 3rd and 4th then became 1st and 2nd for Alonso and Hamilton after the Red Bull cars pitted for tyres - it was at this point where the race was won and lost. Alonso got his head down and put in some brilliant laps, pulling away from Lewis Hamilton at one second per lap. After they all stopped for the first time the order was Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel, Webber ... Alonso and Hamilton had jumped both Red Bulls, partly due to pace, partly due to poor Red Bull stops.

Alonso was pulling away in the lead whereas Hamilton was coming under increasing pressure from both Red Bulls. Vettel stopped a lap earlier than Hamilton trying to undercut the British driver as his home GP, did it work? It did work, as Hamilton pitted then emerged back onto the track behind the Red Bull of Vettel. At the other end of the McLaren garage Button's race was over after an error from the McLaren lollipop man in the pit who released the car to early with the front right tyre not secure on the wheel - Button had to retire from the race.

Elsewhere Di Resta looked good until the second stop for Force India when a miscommunication between pitwall and mechanics meant that the wrong tyres were waiting for the Scottish driver, he had to wait as the team brought out the right ones and that cost him a lot of time. Then while back on track he collided with Buemi, putting the Swiss driver out of the race and meaning Di Resta had to pit once more, ruining his afternoon. Adrian meanwhile had fallen back during his pit stops and found himself in 11th place, quickly closing on Alguersuari in 10th who only pitted twice and was struggling on worn tyres.

At the front the order after the second round of stops was Alonso, Vettel, Hamilton and Webber, but Hamilton had an issue with fuel consumption! The problem was that McLaren short filled Hamilton too much expecting he would be stuck in traffic early on in the race (starting 10th) thus using less fuel ... but due to his good start he was attacking and used more fuel. He now needed to back off the pace a little which allowed Webber through into 3rd place. Webber then found some speed and was quickly gaining on Vettel, he started to attack for 2nd at one point, ignoring messages from his team to "maintain the gap" - nevertheless he could not find a way through.

At the end of the race Hamilton and Massa had a very close duel for 4th after Hamilton backed off to save fuel. The two cars touched on the last lap in the second to last corner as Massa dived down the outside trying to get past ... a piece of front wing flew off the McLaren as they entered the final turn! Both were going for it into the final turn, Massa ran wide to keep his foot on the throttle and they crossed the line with a 0.0second interval! Great racing!! Hamilton did just cross the line ahead of Massa to grab 4th place.

Meanwhile at Force India, Adrian Sutil crossed the line 0.6seconds behind Alguersuari, he finished in 11th place whereas Di Resta had a dismal afternoon finishing in 15th ahead of the new teams and retirements.

The points scorers were: Alonso, Vettel, Webber, Hamilton, Massa, Rosberg, Perez, Heidfeld, Schumacher and Alguersuari.

A comfortable day points wise for Red Bull and championship leader Sebastian Vettel - although i'm sure he would have preferred another win! Sauber scored six points to pull further away from Toro Rosso and Force India unfortunately!

Overall an exciting race though! Next up is Germany, the Nurburgring, in two weeks time! Darshan Chokhani should be back then to write his weekend review =)

10/07/2011

British GP - Race

Results: Sutil 11th, Di Resta 15th

Well after an impressive qualifying it was a bit of a disastrous race, although through no fault of the drivers.

Di Resta lost a place early on to Hamilton and dropped down to 7th place - nevertheless he looked comfortable pace wise. After the first round of pit stops the team looked in great shape in 7th and 8th positions.

However that's when it all started to go wrong; an error in the pits from Force India, a miscommunication between the pitwall and the engineers meant that Adrian's tyres were brought out in preparation for Di Resta's stop - this cost the team quite some time as they had to run back into the garage and collect the correct tyres. Then once Di Resta got back on track he had a collision with Buemi, damaging his front wing in the process meaning another pitstop thus dropping him down the order into 16th. After that it was very hard for him to make any sort of progress at all unfortunately, just gaining one place due to Button's retirement.

As for Adrian he struggled in terms of laptimes as the car appeared to be hard on it's tyres in the damp conditions and he just dropped back during the pitstop phases unfortunately, untimately finishing 11th.

Let's analyse where this went wrong:

Miscommunication between pitwall and mechanics - sometimes these things just happen, hopefully Force India learn from this mistake and maybe change their method of communication in the future.

Paul's collision with Buemi - well a mistake on his part, but we must remember he is a rookie! He's done a brilliant job this season, and still is doing a brilliant job - his pace is good but he is still learning so he is allowed to make mistakes this season, he will learn to cut them out in time, just like Adrian did =)

Sauber gained points on us yet again, we really need to start outscoring them very soon, but we'll always remain positive and always remain fully behind our team, the Indian team, Force India.

09/07/2011

British GP - Qualifying

Results: Di Resta 6th (1:31.929), Sutil 11th (1:32.617)

Once again, like in FP3, the rain was intermittent, stopping and starting meaning timing was everything.

What a qualifying session it was for rookie Paul Di Resta! To snatch 6th place is a brilliant effort!! Best of the rest behind Red Bull, Ferrari and one of the McLarens - it's also wonderful that it happens at his home race! Let's hope he can keep the car there in the race =)

Sutil did a solid job and was so close to getting into Q3 but just missed out in the dying seconds of the session. Nevertheless a good effort and he will also be hoping for points tomorrow!

It's all setup for a great race, let's hope for a double points finish for Force India =)

British GP - Practice Three

Results: Di Resta 10th (1:33.423), Sutil 12th (1:33.660)

With rain stopping and starting at several times during the session it is almost impossible to read anything into the laptimes at the moment with varying levels of grip of the circuit throughout the hour.

Nevertheless, Di Resta 10th and Sutil 12th is a strong result! 12th place is the lowest that a Force India car has been all weekend so that suggests we are looking good heading into qualifying!

Chance of precipitation in qualifying is around 40% according to Ian Fergusson (BBC F1 weatherman), if the rain does come then that could certainly spice things up! Gonna be a great session i think! =)

08/07/2011

OFAB - Wild Card Registration

A few days ago we linked you to a story on f1adda.com that Force India have decided to extend their "one from a billion" driver academy eligibility to encompass more budding racecar drivers. Well, that story turned out to be true and now Force India are accepting registrations!

We highly recommend entering if your eligible you take part, even if you don't think you will make the cut, a wonderful experiences awaits!

All the information you need can be found here.

If you are entering we would love to know how you get on, leave us a comment =)

British GP - Practice Two

Results: Sutil 6th (1:51.738), Di Resta 7th (1:51.781)

FP2 was even wetter than FP1 on the whole, however it did begin to dry up towards the end of the session - no-one made it onto the dry tyres though.

An impressive performance by both Force India drivers, well up the standings in the tricky conditions. Once again, it's hard to read anything into the laptimes due to the weather and the track drying all the time but should it rain on Sunday the team do look quite handy for a strong result!

It's gonna be an interesting rest of the weekend for sure! Check back tomorrow for updates on third practice and qualifying as we continue to follow the fortunes of Force India.

British GP - Practice One

Results: Hulkenberg 9th (1:48.598), Di Resta 11th (1:48.730), Chandhok 20th (1:51.119)

A wet track meant that the drivers struggled for overall grip and there were plenty of spins during the session.

Both Force India's appear to have done a good job with 9th and 11th but the track was drying out towards the end of the session and thus the later you did a lap with no mistakes you would pop into the top five so it's very very hard to read anything at all into the positions.

Meanwhile down at Team Lotus Karun Chandhok classified in 20th position 0.9seconds down on Jarno Trulli, once again due to the timing of their fastest laps.

So we didn't really learn much from that session, however the teams will have picked up some data through their telemetry and everyone is now looking ahead to FP2 in a few hours.

07/07/2011

Weekend Preview

Despite having Indian interest in five international race series, only one series is in action this weekend however it's the major series - Formula One!

The Force India team will be looking to close the points gap to Toro Rosso and Sauber in the constructors championship (viewable here) at their "base race" in Britain, and recent race pace suggests they can do it! The car is developing rapidly and during the last two races we have appeared faster than their aforementioned rivals. Furthermore, the banning of off-throttle blown diffusers comes into effect at this GP and Force India driver Adrian Sutil says that it could benefit the team (see here).

Elsewhere on the grid Narain Karthikeyan gives up his seat to Red Bull youngster come Hispania driver Daniel Ricciardo - whether or not Narain gets to drive in FP1 at least remains to be seen. Meanwhile at Team Lotus, Karun Chandhok will be driving in FP1 where he's hoping to impress, he does enjoy the Silverstone circuit and actually lives very close to it during the European F1 races.

As always Auto India Sports will have reports from every session this weekend. Usually my colleague Darshan Chokhani writes an overall review at the end of the weekend however i will be taking over that piece for this weekend only as he has exams to study for! However his fans shouldn't worry, i will also have exams later on in the year and he will be taking over my regular articles then; so it evens out of the course of the season =)

06/07/2011

Amity University competition!

Amity university are currently running a competition for all students (F1 enthuasiasts and engineers) to win a day at the Red Bull Racing factory!

It would be awesome prize to win so i suggest you take a look at the competition website here.

If you decide to enter we'd love to know, leave us a comment! =)

OFAB - Eligibility extension!

f1adda.com are reporting here that Force India have decided to extend their "one from a billion" driver academy eligibility to encompass more budding racecar drivers.

If this story is true then it's great news for Indian Motorsport, it increases the pool of potential talent and hopefully a new Sebastian Vettel will be discovered within our great nation!

In other news Karun Chandhok has stated to the media that the Indian GP circuit will be ready for it's race later this year. However as we knew that already we didn't think it would be worth creating a new article for. Speaking of Karun, if you have not yet seen it there is a great video online of him here getting all excited at the Goodwood festival of speed - worth a look! =)

05/07/2011

Force India art car

Just wanted to draw your attention to this guys: Force India art car

Personally i think our permanent livery looks better but i have never been a big fan of art myself ... then again, if i had the money i would bid on it!

The good news for the team is that half the profits from the auction go to charity and the other half goes toward funding our driver academy which is great news!

I would love to know your thoughts! Feel free to leave comments =)

Surprise!

Okay, we have a little treat lined up for you here at Auto India Sports ... we have an interview with someone associated to Force India, can you guess who?

The interview is ready to post, lots of interesting things came out of it however as an incentive for you guys were gonna wait to post it until we have 100 facebook likes on our page here. Currently we have 26 likes so there is a fair distance to go! Recommend all your friends using the "suggest to friends" link on facebook! =)

We are very excited about posting this so hurry guys, help us get to 100 fans! =)

03/07/2011

Formula Two Qualifying 2 & Race 2 - Nurburgring

Qualifying One Results: Ebrahim 18th (1:49.224), Sureshwaren 22nd (1:50.485)
Race One Results: Ebrahim 13th, Sureshwaren DNC

A disappointing qualifying session for both drivers put the Indians on their back foot.

However, Ebrahim managed to make the best of a bad situation and finished in 13th place, he didn't score any points but his pace was promising! Hopefully he can carry this speed into the next race at Brands Hatch. Sureshwaren failed to classify along with three other drivers due to not completing 75% race distance.

Neither of our drivers have scored points since the second race of the season back in Silverstone in April, this needs to be put right at the next GP!

Updated championship standings are here.

Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup - Norisring

Race Result: Aditya Patel 5th, Sailesh Bolisetti 17th

Another good weekend for Aditya Patel as he continues to fight for the championship, this 5th place doesn't affect his championship position however he is only 57points away from championship leader Mateusz Lisowski
 - that's really not a lot in a series where a race winner gets 60points!

Sailesh Bolisetti finished 17th in the race meaning that in the five races so far this season he has a 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th place to his name. He remains 14th in the championship.

Next up for the drivers is the legendary Nurburgring circuit on the 6th August, current championship standings can be viewed here.

02/07/2011

Formula Two Qualifying 1 & Race 1 - Nurburgring

Qualifying One Results: Ebrahim 14th (1:49.670), Sureshwaren 22nd (1:51.037)
Race One Results: Ebrahim 15th, Sureshwaren DNS

In the end a disappointing day for both Indian drivers once again with no points scored.

Ebrahim is giving his all but he just can't seem to break free from the midfeld into the points scoring positions (top ten) at the moment. Qualified in 14th after an average lap by his standards and dropped one place in the race to finish 15th.

Sureshwaren is having a similar problem to Ebrahim however Parthiva is struggling to break from the back of the pack into the midfield. He qualified down in 22nd, ahead of Fabio Gamberini and unfortunately didn't participate in the race - the reason for this is unknown at this stage and none of the other major websites have given a reason why either - we'll have to wait until he gets interviewed by somebody to find out but as soon as we know we'll post it here!

We have updated the championship standings here, why not see how our guys our doing in F2 so far this season? Let's hope for a better day for both drivers tomorrow =)

01/07/2011

Formula Two Practice 1&2 - Nurburgring

Practice One Results: Ebrahim 3rd (1:51.366), Sureshwaren 24th (1:54.519)
Practice Two Results: Ebrahim 14th (1:52.395), Sureshwaren 20th (1:52.904)

Practice one started on a damp track however by the end of the session it was bone dry and Ebrahim pulled out a very impressive lap to grab 3rd place! Sureshwaren meanwhile struggled to find his way around the German circuit during the session and could only manage last place.

Practice two and the area remained dry for the entire session despite a threat of showers towards the end. Ebrahim couldn't manage a time as good as in practice one, in fact he was one second slower which put him into 14th place - that just shows how close F2 is. Sureshwaren however did improve, quite considerably in terms of laptime however it was only enough for 20th place.

Let's hope both Indian drivers can pull out good laps for qualifying one and race one tomorrow =)

Paul Di Resta - the story so far!

Brilliant article about Paul Di Resta is available to read on the F1 website here.

It summarises his season so far ahead of his home GP =) Highly recommended!