06/10/2011

Weekend Preview!

Formula One is back in action this weekend at Japan! Infact it's the only race series in action this weekend with Indian interest.

Going into the race Force India are looking to pull away from Sauber and close the gap to Renault in the constructors championship (as Adrian Sutil tells autosport.com here).

This is how things currently stand:

Constructors Championship (5th-7th)
5) Renault (70pts)
6) Force India (48pts)
7) Sauber (36pts)

Essentially the aim will be to outscore both rival teams. Renault are 22pts ahead with five races to go. This means that a swing of 4.4pts per race for Force India would be enough to catch Renault come the end of the season.

Although the Indian team is looking forward, they must also look back too ... Sauber are just 12pts behind and have a major upgrade for this race (Force India only have a minor upgrade). Furthermore their number one driver Kamui Kobayashi has shown in the past that the Japanese Suzuka circuit is one of his best. They could be a threat but Force India should still hopefully come out on top.

Looking at the drivers championship:

Drivers Championship (9th-16th)
9) Vitaly Petrov (34pts)
10) Nick Heidfeld (34pts) 
11) Adrian Sutil (28pts)
12) Kamui Kobayashi (27pts)
13) Paul di Resta (20pts)
14) Jaime Alguersuari (16pts)
15) Sebastien Buemi (13pts)
16) Sergio Perez (9pts)

Clearly both drivers are fighting for overall position. Adrian is 6pts behind Nick Heidfeld and Paul is 7pts behind Kamui Kobayashi - this means that our drivers need a 6th place finish (8points) or better to gain a position in the championship based on points. Once again the two drivers need to look over their shoulders at the chasing Kobayashi and Jamie Alguersuari respectively.

You can read what Adrian Sutil, Paul Di Resta and Force India boss Vijay Mallya had to say here.

Elsewhere on the grid Narain Karthikeyan will take part in FP1 for HRT in place of ex-Force India driver Vitantonio Liuzzi whereas news is awaited on the prospects of Karun Chandhok.

As always you can catch all the news as it happens right here on Auto India Sports, thanks for reading! =)

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