24/07/2011

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 =)

2 comments:

  1. agreed...a morale-boosting result for the Force India team.

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  2. Hopefully the team can continue the form into Hungary =D

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