27/03/2012

Last time out ...

F1
Di Resta 7th (6 points), Hulkenberg 9th (2 points), Karthikeyan 22nd.

- A crazy race for all three drivers
- Di Resta had a spin during the race after being tapped by Maldonado but still finished 7th after qualifying down in 14th.
- Hulkenberg avoided incident and showed solid pace to finish 9th having started 16th.
- Sahara Force India the ONLY team to have both cars in the points.
- Karthikeyan started 24th and took a risk, beginning the race on wet tyres.
- The risk paid off, when the race was red flagged due to the standing water, Karthikeyan found himself 10th.
- The pace of his car soon dropped him back down the order on the restart.
- Jenson Button ran into the back of him at one point while trying to overtake; Jenson has taken responsibility.
- Sebastian Vettel also collided with Karthikeyan at one point, Vettel called Karthikeyan an "idiot".
- Karthikeyan finished 21st, ahead of his teammate, but received a 20s post-race penalty for the Vettel incident, dropping him to 22nd.
- Personally i think it's Vettel's fault though - he misjudged cutting back inside infront of Karthikeyan.
- What do you think?


Paul Di Resta
(Sahara Force India driver):
"The start of the race was a bit of a mess and it was all about trying to stay on the track and stay out of trouble. I did pretty well until Maldonado hit me just before the red flag, which spun me around and cost me about three places. At the restart our pace was very good on the intermediate tyres and we were able to get well up the order and stay with the leading group. As it dried out we switched to dry tyres at the same time everyone else did, which was the safe way to play it, and just tried to hold position in the points. We were a bit lucky with some of the issues for cars ahead, but in races like this you need a bit of luck and given where we started I think we can come away from here very happy with this result".

Nico Hulkenberg (Sahara Force India driver):
"I think today's performance with two cars in the points is a great team result and I’m very happy to pick up my first points of the season. It was quite a complicated race and the rain certainly helped mix things up, but we made the most of our chances and made good calls on the strategy. I have to say that the wet conditions today were some of the worst I've raced in and the visibility was almost zero before the race was stopped. It was much better when the race restarted, but I struggled with the balance of the car on the intermediates, so it was just a case of trying to stay in the points and catch Vergne ahead".

Robert Fernley (Sahara Force India deputy team principal)
"Today's result is thanks to a tremendous team effort with everybody rising to the challenges presented by the tricky conditions. It was an especially busy race on the pit wall, but on the whole I think we made the right calls, especially the timing of our switch to the dry tyres, and both drivers delivered very strong performances. It was important to pick up points on a day like this and given where we started we have to be happy with eight points. The race was not without drama, though, and Paul was lucky to emerge unscathed from the contact with Maldonado, which occurred in the very wet conditions. Both Paul and Nico came on the radio to say how poor the conditions were, and it's to their credit that they managed to stay largely out of trouble. We now head to China determined to carry on this momentum and hopefully add some more points to our tally".

Indy Lights
Ebrahim
8th (24 points).

- Armaan Ebrahim started his first Indy Lights race in 14th out of 16 drivers.
- Solid, consistent pace saw the Indian finish up in 8th place.
- Indy Lights has a very high scoring system and Armaan receives 24pts. The race winner receives 50pts.
- Armaan was the 3rd best rookie out of 9.

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