14/04/2012

Chinese GP - Qualifying Results

Results: di Resta 15th (1:36.317), Hulkenberg 16th (1:36.745), Karthikeyan 24th (1:41.000).

FP3 looked promising for both Sahara Force India and Narain Karthikeyan but the result after qualifying is fairly disappointing.

Both the SFI drivers struggled on their hot laps and both didn't really maximise the performance of the car, i'm sure there was more pace left. Just seven thousandths of a second would have got Paul 12th, however 10th was 4 tenths away for Paul and 8 tenths for Nico - that suggests that Q3 wasn't really possible with a gap that big.

As for Narain he finished 6 tenths down on teammate de la Rosa but thankfully for him he is well within the 107% rule and will start the race tomorrow.

In both cases we'll have to wait and see if there were driver mistakes or mechanical issues causing poor laps for the Indian contingent - we should know when the review quotes come out. We'll have analysis later today.

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