03/11/2012

Saturday Analysis

FP3 Results: Hulkenberg 5th (1:42.750), di Resta 10th (1:43.338), Karthikeyan 24th (1:47.032).
Qualifying Results: Hulkenberg 11th (1:42.019)(will start 10th), di Resta 13th (1:42.218)(will start 12th), Karthikeyan 24th (1:46.382)(will start 23rd).

The promise of the morning session was not built upon as both Sahara Force India drivers struggled to reach those heights once again in qualifying. So the question is; what happened between the two sessions?

It would be easy to blame a drop in track temperature (it reduced by 9-10 degrees between sessions) however it's my opinion that our cars were light on fuel during FP3.

11th & 13th were not what the team were hoping for, they expected to have at least one car in Q3, however, actually, it's not too bad. Our main rivals, Sauber, qualified 12th & 16th - so we are starting ahead of them. Note: due to a penalty for Vettel, everyone is bumped up one position on the grid. This means that the Sahara Force India cars will start P10 & P12.

As for Narain Karthikeyan, he really struggled to be honest. A massive 0.616 seconds slower than teammate de la Rosa. Post-qualifying the Indian driver stated he wasn't yet comfortable on the circuit - perhaps missing FP1 in Abu Dhabi left him too much work to catch up on.

It should be an exciting race tomorrow, especially with track temperatures set to drop dramatically as the race progresses. We wish all our drivers the very best of luck!

For those wondering about Formula Pilota China, we'll review it tomorrow! :-)

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