Adrian Sutil had a strong run to ninth in Valencia.
|Adrian Sutil||Paul di Resta|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’39.034 (-0.388)||1’39.422|
Force India drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
|Paul di Resta||118.481||108.279||107.468||107.426||107.168||107.628||107.233||107.74||107.112||107.625||107.466||107.463||108.257||124.138||112.753||105.501||105.922||106.245||105.981||105.672||105.656||105.505||105.957||105.91||105.879||105.959||120.67||109.943||104.709||104.825||105.081||104.644||104.971||104.983||104.772||104.8||105.602||104.659||105.072||105.155||105.554||105.917||106.498||123.021||114.116||106.974||104.425||104.555||104.459||104.708||104.285||104.898||104.419||103.851||104.345||105.043|
Ninth place wasn’t Sutil best result this year, but it was probably his best performance so far.
He snatched a place in Q3 from Vitaly Petrov , then didn’t do a time in the final ten minutes of qualifying to save tyres.
He passed Nick Heidfeld around the outside of turn two to take ninth place at the start.
He kept Heidfeld behind to the end and while putting pressure on the two-stopping Jaime Alguersuari for eighth. But he couldn’t find a way past: “I tried all I could to overtake him, but the DRS zone did not make overtaking very easy.”
Paul di Resta
Di Resta’s weekend went wrong before he even got in the car: reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg put Di Resta’s VJM04 in the barriers in first practice.
That meant Di Resta completed only a handful of laps on Friday once his car was repaired. He qualified 12th, behind his team mate for only the second time this year, but ruing a mistake on his best lap:
“On my final flying lap in Q2 I was on the edge and simply made a small mistake at turn 17 – I missed a down-shift and ran wide.”
He felt mis-timed pit stops cost him during the race: “I’m not sure that we got the strategy quite right today.
“There were a couple of laps in the first stint where my tyres had gone off and we didn’t stop early enough. We made up for that during the second stop, when I jumped Heidfeld and Barrichello, but I lost out again at my final stop.
“It’s tough when the tyres go off because it costs you around two and a half seconds per lap, which is a lot when the fight in the middle of the pack is so close.”
The lap times show Di Resta particularly struggled on laps 13 and 14. His late switch from soft to medium tyres for his final stint also cost him time, and dropped him to 15th place.
He recovered one spot by passing Kamui Kobayashi on lap 47, but couldn’t do the same to Sebastien Buemi.
Drove Paul di Resta’s car in first practice. He crashed under braking for turn 12 early in the session.
2011 European Grand Prix
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