18/03/2012

Australian GP - Race Result

Results: Di Resta 10th, Hulkenberg DNF.

There were mixed fortunes for the Sahara Force India drivers at the start. Let's start with Hulkenberg who started 9th, he had brilliant start, getting alongside Maldonado, who started 8th, before the first turn but that's where things started to go wrong for the German. His rear left tyre tapped a very cautious Mark Webber causing too much damage to continue; he was out of the race. Mark Webber was so cautious into the first corner that two other cars also simultaneously tapped him too.

As for Di Resta he had a standard start and a good first lap, gaining a few positions into 13th and that would remain his place for the majority of the race. Strategy wise he stuck to the standard two stop strategy, although making his stops a few laps earlier than the other cars around him. This turned out to be a good strategy for Di Resta as after a safety car (due to Petrov stopping on the pit straight) he found himself in 11th place, just outside the points.

This is where the pace started to show for Force India, there were some very competitive laps however it was inconsistent which is slightly worrying going into the Malaysian GP next week. Paul did drive very well however and his defensive driving was really being tested with the Toro Rosso's right behind the Force India. Although Paul managed to hold them back for ten laps or so, both Ricciardo and Vergne managed to get past eventually, pushing Paul down to 13th once again.

That's where he remained until the last lap of the race which was completely bonkers! It started with Maldonado smashing into the barriers after losing control of his car followed by Rosberg and Perez tapping eachother which caused alot of bunching towards the lower end of the points. In the chaos, Paul snuck his way upto 11th place and he just managed to pass Vergne on the final straight to grab one point! Great effort from our Scottish driver!

To show you just how close it was at the lower end of the points here are the time gaps:

8) Perez
9) Ricciardo (+0.1s)
10) Di Resta (+0.2s)
11) Vergne (+0.1s)

So one point for Paul Di Resta and Sahara Force India but it was very lucky in honesty. Pace wise we are quick but very inconsistent - this will need sorting during the course of the season if we are to achieve the aim of 5th in the constructors championship.

1 comment:

  1. What a race that was ! Big disappointment for William. don't expect FI score point. I m very disappointed by merc .

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