26/12/2011

Sahara Force India F1's 2011 season review

To read about Force India’s season up until the Hungarian GP read here.

Force India had a decent start post the summer break in Belgium GP as they overcame a poor qualifying and scored in the race. They continued with the upward surge in the performance after updates as again they ended up in points in Italian GP after a strong qualifying performance. Perhaps, it was unexpected that the team’s best result will come in Singapore which traditionally hasn’t been the best circuit for the car. After a double Q3, both drivers with strong car & strong strategy achieved the best finish of the team in the season so far i.e P6 & P8. This performance did prove to a certain extent that the team is in the right direction to be competitive in all types of circuits.

After a high at Singapore, Japan didn’t go well as they failed to finish in points, finishing just outside of points. In Korea they failed to convert a good qualifying performance into a strong race finish which could have been a perfect head start to their home GP campaign, the Indian GP. It was time, one of a proudest moment for all Indian motorsport fans, watching the lone Indian team drive at an Indian circuit. Performance wise the team was not at its best but scoring points was the priority which they did, it was a proud moment indeed. Moving on, in the last two races of the season, the team went a step ahead and finished on a high ending both races with a double point finishes. In Brazil they equalled their previous best in the season of P6 & P8 finish & thus ending the season on a high note.

In the end they came close to beat Lotus Renault to get the P5 position but perhaps they were one GP short of beating them. Still, the team can be proud of what they achieved after what was a very slow start to the season. They picked up, brought updates which worked well and they got ahead in the pack. Sutil upped his game and delivered when it mattered, personally ending his season on a high. While Di Resta in the rookie season did a pretty good job and right fully deserve the title of Rookie of the year. Looking ahead in 2012 season, I think they will surely fight for the P5 position and defend the P6 position. They still need more years to get to regularly challenge the top teams. With Sutil out of the team, it will be tricky situation for the team and the drivers Hulkenberg & Di Resta as both have just a year of experience.

That’s it from the season review section. Hope you all enjoyed reading all the blogs & season greetings to all.

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