08/07/2012

British GP - Race Results

Results: Hulkenberg 12th, Karthikeyan 21st, di Resta DNF.

An ultimately disappointing day for the Indian contingent, but there are some positives to draw on!

Nico Hulkenberg was running in 9th place on the penultimate lap, but he was on the softer tyre which turned out to be the worse race tyre. Senna and Button behind him were both on the harder, better tyre. While defending his position from Senna, Nico ran wide and all of a sudden dropped down to 12th place unfortunately - putting him out of the points. Disappointment for the German driver, however he did drive brilliantly to hold off Senna for 15laps, was actually a great defensive drive. Additionally don't forget Nico started 14th and finished 12th - the strategy did actually work, just not quite good enough for points!

As for di Resta, on the opening lap he had a puncture and hit the barriers. After coming into pit and changing tyres it was clear that there was already irreparable damage to the car - so it had to be retired. It's a bit hard to tell exactly what caused the puncture; we'll see when we analyse the data.

On the plus side for Sahara Force India, Mercedes only scored six points, Williams two points and Sauber zero points - so very little has changed in terms of the championship.

Meanwhile Narain Karthikeyan simply didn't have the pace to match his teammate today, 12.5seconds down on de la Rosa, finishing 21st ahead of the retirements.

More analysis later!

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