22/07/2011

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!

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