06/10/2012

Japanese GP - Practice Three Results

Results: di Resta 9th (1:33.094) , Hulkenberg 18th (1:34.369), Karthikeyan 23rd (1:36.649).

Let's start with Narain Karthikeyan. Despite an off-track excursion, he had a good session, finishing P23. He beat his teammate, de la Rosa, by 0.226 seconds. The aim in qualifying will be to replicate this promising pace.

Sadly for Sahara Force India, they had another incident in this session. This time it was Nico Hulkenberg who made it to the barriers. He carried too much speed into one of the corners and was unable to control the back-end, eventually sliding off the circuit. The unusual incident caused left front suspension & front wing damage which will need to be fixed ahead of qualifying (that shouldn't be a problem though).

It's not ideal for Nico who had yet to do a soft-tyre run prior to his accident. Let's hope this doesn't hamper him in qualifying.

(A cracking shot of Nico Hulkenberg pitting prior to his accident)

Meanwhile, Paul di Resta did a decent job, P9 for him. He didn't have an ideal lap however, there is much more pace left in the car i suspect. It's worth noting that there was only 0.176 seconds between Paul (in P9) and P4 - very close!

To sum up, preparation for this weekend has not been ideal for SFI - however the VJM05 does possess good pace so we should be expecting a good result in qualifying. Both cars in Q3 would be fantastic!

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