14/11/2011

Abu Dhabi GP - Points Analysis!

Force India scored their 3rd double points finish of the season in Abu Dhabi and almost secured their 6th place in the constructors championship.

This is hows things currently stand:

Constructors championship (5th-8th)
5) Lotus Renault (72pts) 
6) Force India (57pts)
7) Sauber (42pts)
8) Toro Rosso (41pts)

It will take a very unusual race at the last GP of the season in Brazil for Force India's championship position to change. The Indian team are currently 15pts behind Renault and 15pts ahead of Sauber.

15pts are awarded for a 3rd place so as long as Sauber don't get a podium without us scoring; we will finish at least 6th.

To grab 5th, we would need a second place in Brazil without Renault scoring (3rd place would make us equal on points with Renault - presuming they don't score - but they would get 5th overall as they have already had two podiums this season).

Both outcomes are very unlikely unless their is lots of carnage between the top four teams and thus the season is practically over in terms of the constructors championship - a great final position for Force India! =)

Drivers championship (9th-15th)
9) Vitaly Petrov (36pts)
10) Nick Heidfeld (34pts) 
11) Adrian Sutil (34pts)
12) Kamui Kobayashi (28pts)
13) Jaime Alguersuari (26pts) 
14) Paul di Resta (23pts)
15) Sebastien Buemi (15pts)

Things may be over in the constructors championship, but that's not the case in the drivers championship!

Adrian Sutil will head into the final race knowing 9th place in the drivers championship is very possible! He needs an 8th place in Brazil, without Petrov scoring (9th in Brazil would put him level with Petrov, however Petrov would stay 9th as he has had a podium this year).

Sutil could lose championship places in a number of ways, however the most likely is Kobayashi getting a 7th place without Adrian scoring.

Meanwhile Paul Di Resta has a realistic chance of of 12th in the championship - for that he needs a 7th place in Brazil without Kobayashi scoring and without Alguersuari taking 8th or higher.

Paul is very unlikely to lose any championship places in Brazil - the most likely way is if Buemi gets 5th place in Brazil without Paul scoring.

Clearly this season is not over yet!!

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