11/09/2011

Italian GP - Race Results

Results: Di Resta 8th (4points), Sutil DNF.

Well the start of the race was more eventful than we expected it to be and it was a mixed start for the Force India drivers.

Both Paul and Adrian had very poor starts off the line, but so did everyone else around them - it was quite bizarre! Anyway down at turn one Liuzzi skimmed the side of another car, flew across the grass and caused mayhem inbetween turns one and two - Di Resta benefited from the chaos by cutting the chicane, Sutil was hindered as he had to avoid the incident.

I think Sutil picked up some damage (although Adrian himself says he had no damage) in the
disorder at turn one as from then on in his pace wasn't brilliant and he would eventually retire on lap nine with what at first was thought to be a hydraulic problem but it turned out to be a steering issue after analysis. That's only Force India's 3rd retirement of the season which is very impressive!

Di Resta also appeared to struggle in the first stint (getting held up by the Massa/Webber collision didn't help) but he made an early stop, bolted on a new set of soft tyres and flew threw the field getting into the top ten very quickly- he still had one more stop to make for his mandatory hard tyre stint but at that point the other cars around him also had to stop again and from then on everything worked out for the Scottish driver and he grabbed 4points for the team with a great 8th place!

Force India have now moved up to 6th place in the constructors championship, 1point ahead of Sauber. It is important the team now begins to build that gap up and maybe even chase Renault - we're only 34points behind them so it is possible but it will be very difficult!

Watch out for Darshan Chokhani's full weekend review in the next few days; thanks for reading! =)

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