09/09/2012

Italian GP - Race Results

Results: di Resta 8th (4 points), Karthikeyan 19th, Hulkenberg 21st (DNF).

Not a great race for Sahara Force India, but not too bad either.

Paul di Resta, starting 9th had a poor opening stint. Running wide a few times and just generally struggling for pace. After the 1st stops for everyone, Paul found himself in 11th place. However great pace from then on in saw Paul pass Kamui Kobayashi and then the Scottish driver was consistently lapping quicker than Mark Webber. There wouldn't have been quite enough laps for Paul to get by Mark, but luckily Mark retired from the race. Paul also benefited from Button & Vettel retiring to finish 8th - a good effort!

Meanwhile Nico Hulkenberg had great pace for the whole race! Unfortunately for him, the field spread was too big and he couldn't really make much progress. The German retired towards the end of the GP for an unknown reason at the moment - my guess would be to save the engine for future practice session use and take the strain off other race engines. He was ahead of Maldonado before retiring though, and would have finished P11 if he took the checkered flag - a decent effort from him. Would have been interesting to see where he would have finished if he started higher up the grid.

We outscored Williams today, but Sauber got a P2 which is pretty damaging for our championship charge.

Narain Karthikeyan had a decent start to his race for HRT, managing to keep de la Rosa behind. Narain's Spanish teammate did manage to get past Narain eventually, i am not entirely sure when this happened. I think it was during the first set of stops. We'll confirm this when we look at the data. Narain finished 14.8 seconds behind de la Rosa - that's not too shabby! :-)

More analysis later.

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