22/07/2012

German GP - Race Results

Results: Hulkenberg 9th (2 points), di Resta 11th, Karthikeyan 23rd.

A disappointing day for the Sahara Force India drivers considering where they qualified.

The story of the race was once again tyres. The team decided to pit their cars early for their first stops - trying to get the undercut on other teams; it was a good idea in theory, and it did work to a certain extent however this in turn meant that both drivers had to make their next stops earlier than everyone else too. It was just too early! The tyres couldn't last and so Nico was forced onto a three stopper & Paul stayed out, struggling on a two stopper. It ruined any chance of big points unfortunately.

The result is made worse by the fact that the Sauber drivers managed to grab 5th & 6th. In actual fact they were too quick today, there was simply nothing more we could have done to try keep them behind. Good effort from our guys though, the drivers did their best and didn't make any mistakes.

As for Narain Karthikeyan, he was doing quite well in the early stages, having a good battle with his teammate de la Rosa, and running as high as 20th at one point. However just after halfway through the race his pace suddenly dropped off - seems like he had some technical problem. He ended in 23rd place, just 0.3s behind Timo Glock, who also struggled.

More analysis later.

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