07/10/2011

Japanese GP - Practice One & Two Results

Firstly i would like to apologise for the delay in my article ... i did watch the sessions live however i am based in the UK and the sessions were at 2am and 6am UK Time so after i stayed up to watch them i was simply too tired!

Nevertheless, better late than never! =)

FP1 Results: Hulkenberg 12th (1:36.700), Di Resta 14th (1:36.949), Chandhok 20th (1:39.946), Karthikeyan 24th (1:41.775).

A host of driver changes in FP1; Hulkenberg in for Sutil at Force India, Chandhok in for Kovalainen at Team Lotus and Karthikeyan in for Liuzzi at HRT.

It was Hulkenberg who would come out on top at Force India, 2tenths faster than regular driver Paul Di Resta. Over recent races we have come to expect better positions from the Indian team but it's too early to read anything into positions at this stage due to differing fuel loads.

Meanwhile at Team Lotus, Karun Chandhok was 8tenths slower than teammate Trulli whereas at HRT Karthikeyan was 6tenths slower than teammate Ricciardo - in both cases it can be put down to a lack of practice (both Trulli and Ricciardo have been doing whole weekends in previous races and thus are sharper).

FP2 Results: Sutil 12th (1:33.790), Di Resta 15th (1:34.601).

Normal service was resumed in terms of driver line-ups for FP2 with Chandhok and Karthikeyan having to sit out and Sutil was back in for Hulkenberg for the rest of the weekend.

It was Adrian Sutil who came out on top in the Force India battle, quite considerably infact - the gap to Di Resta was almost 1second (which is a long way in F1). Di Resta must have had some kind of problem on his hot lap.

Now we look ahead to FP3 and qualifying tomorrow as the team try to build on this steady foundation.

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