08/10/2011

Japanese GP - Qualifying Results

Results: Sutil 11th (1:32.463), Di Resta 12th (1:32.746).

Neither driver made it into Q3 however i still think that was a very good session for the Force India boys.

Starting outside the top ten means that both drivers can choose which tyres they start on and in a race where the engineers are predicting between 3-5 stops for each driver that could be crucial. Both drivers have brand new softer (faster) compound tyres available and they may well decide to start the race on them (infact Di Resta has one extra set than everybody else around him after saving smartly in qualifying).

Our two main rivals heading into the race were Renault and Sauber.
Sauber grabbed 7th and 17th (Kobayashi ahead of the very unwell Sergio Perez) and Renault grabbed 9th and 10th (Senna ahead of Petrov). Infact Perez isn't the only one who is unwell, Di Resta has also complained of a slight cold.

That's three rival cars starting ahead of us but again they will have to start the race on worn tyres and if these tyres do degrade as fast as people expect then we are in a brilliant position and i think we could even be battling Schumacher come the end of the race due to the amount of new sets we have saved compared to him.

The chance of rain is low to none however safety cars probably will be a major factor - the team proved their decision making ability with a safety car at the last race, let's hope for more of the same tomorrow =)

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