27/10/2012

Saturday Analysis

A very mixed day for the drivers that we had in action today. Here's all the data/information you need:

Formula One (review quotes here)
FP3 Results: Hulkenberg 8th (1:26.531), di Resta 14th (1:27.193), Karthikeyan 23rd (1:30.824).
Qualifying Results: Hulkenberg 12th (1:26.241), di Resta 16th (1:26.989), Karthikeyan 23rd (1:30.593).

It was a disappointing day for the Sahara Force India drivers. FP3 looked to have not gone too badly, however as the poor qualifying results would show - the team went the wrong way with setup. The car simply lost balance when the track conditions changed between the two Saturday sessions.

Paul di Resta admitted that he didn't drive well which is why he ended up in 16th. However Nico Hulkenberg did get the most out of the car, and he still couldn't make Q3. The top ten was just beyond the car capabilities today.

Just want to re-clarify that the drivers are not to blame here. Nico did his job well and got the most out of the car. As for Paul, although he said he didn't drive well, his quick lap was shown on the World TV feed and the car looked a handful - he did a decent job to keep it on the track in all honesty.

The one saving grace for the team has is that they are quick through sector one, which has the huge straight. Our cars may be able to make some passes with this advantage and also defend our positions. Let's hope both drivers get a good start! Don't be surprised to see the team get very creative with the strategy tomorrow - there is nothing to lose.

Never has this video been so apt:


As for Narain Karthikeyan, his session was - interesting.

Given his performance through the practice sessions, he probably expected to beat his teammate, Pedro de la Rosa, in qualifying. While Narain didn't manage to achieve this target, he was only 0.001 seconds slower - so it doesn't really count to be fair. I'm sure Narain won't be too disappointed with such a small margin. On a positive note, Narain did out-qualify the Marussia of Charles Pic.

Tomorrow isn't just about the results however, it's about Indian Motorsport too. When watching the first Indian GP last season, the amount of adrenaline & pride felt by me just as those five red lights were about to go out at the start of the race was phenomenal. Tomorrow will be the same - so enjoy the race guys, even if the result isn't as we'd hoped for - it's our race, support your nation, feel the pride of India :-)

Also, for those of you watching on TV - i urge you to invite your friends to watch with you. Share this experience with as many people as possible, let's help Indian Motorsport grow!

World Endurance Championship
FP3 Result: Chandhok 12th (overall), 8th (in class), 5th (in LMP1 trophy) (1:58.751, +9.772 seconds down on session leader).
Qualifying Result: Chandhok 4th (overall & in class), 1st (in LMP1 trophy) (1:51.003, +2.730 seconds down on session leader).

A dismal morning (due to a lack of laps, caused by rain and a red flag) just did not matter as Karun Chandhok drove the JRM Racing car in qualifying to take a LMP1 trophy pole position! It's the team's first pole position, in the final weekend of the season as well - wonderful effort!!

The gap to the car behind was only 0.016 seconds - but i don't think anyone associated with the team will mind that. The British-based team could have a fantastic race tomorrow, they may even get an overall podium if one of the manufacturers drop out of the race, how awesome would that be?

Whatever happens tomorrow, it's a huge day for Indian Motorsport - Karun's result may just be the icing on the cake however!

Best wishes to all of our drivers tomorrow, fingers crossed for some wonderful results.

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