09/10/2011

Japanese GP - Race Results

Results: Sutil 11th, Di Resta 12th.

It was a brilliant start by the two Force India drivers, both benefiting from a poor start by Kamui Kobayashi up ahead; placing the pair in 8th and 9th with Di Resta leading Sutil.

All of a sudden after the first set of pit stops Adrian came out 4seconds ahead of Di Resta - we're not sure at this stage if Di Resta made an error on his in lap or had a slow pit stop.

Sutil then stopped for a second time and one lap later the safety car came out due to debris on the track. Paul used that opportunity to pit. However this safety car is what would prove to ruin Force India's race.

The safety car meant that our rivals could save tyre wear or put on a set of hard tyres until the end of the race meaning that they were FAR faster in the closing stages and all of a sudden we saw a host of overtaking manoeuvres. Adrian passed Paul and then passed Kobayashi but then Petrov and Rosberg flew past Paul, then Kobayashi, then Adrian and finally Di Resta got past Kobayashi.


What it all meant was that the two Force India's finished exactly where they started in 11th and 12th.

The team will be disappointed however we achieved the maximum we could this weekend - there was nothing more that the drivers or mechanics could have done really; we just lost out due to the timing of the safety car.

Crucially though, although our rivals did outscore us they didn't do it by much so essentially the points situation is the same heading into the next race, next weekend in Korea.

Look out for the whole weekend review by Darshan Chokhani in the next few days.

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