Paul di Resta scored the best result of his career so far in Hungary with seventh place.
|Adrian Sutil||Paul di Resta|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’22.000 (-0.256)||1’22.256|
Force India drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
|Paul di Resta||121.896||110.619||108.701||106.982||105.329||104.301||104.08||103.553||102.683||101.961||103.87||118.732||95.783||92.482||91.87||90.951||90.706||90.444||90.216||90.287||90.098||89.979||90.747||90.231||90.676||90.636||92.612||107.555||89.292||87.611||88.011||88.523||88.796||88.796||88.8||88.641||88.933||89.039||89.525||89.436||89.706||91.426||107.841||86.662||87.744||97.504||93.294||89.171||96.059||103.627||95.843||89.906||88.438||89.468||87.652||89.078||89.141||88.976||87.361||87.282||87.413||87.409||86.91||86.717||85.935||86.395||86.611||86.213||90.057|
Sutil carried his momentum from Germany and made his third appearance in Q3, splitting the Mercedes for eighth.
But he went off at the chicane on the first lap, falling to 20th place. “I locked up the rear into the chicane,” he said.
“I was right behind Paul and to avoid an accident I had to go off the track and lost a lot of positions.”
He fought back quickly, passing Sergio Perez, Nick Heidfeld and Timo Glock on successive laps.
But his recovery stalled when he joined the ten drivers who pitted for intermediates during the late shower, and ended the race 14th.
Paul di Resta
Di Resta missed out on a place in the final ten by a tenth of a second, starting 11th.
He stayed out of trouble at the start and inherited places from his team mate and Perez, who both went off.
Di Resta closed on Michael Schumacher during the damp stint at the start of the race, then jumped in front of him during the first pit stops.
After two stints on super-soft tyres he switched to softs for his final stint. He briefly fell to 12th and was embroiled a scrap with Sebastien Buemi which he came out of on top.
He then set about passing Kamui Kobayashi, who was struggling for grip in his Sauber. That done, Di Resta had only to safeguard himself from the attentions of Buemi over the final laps to claim seventh place.
He said: “Finishing seventh is the best way to respond after a series of races where, for various reasons, we didn’t get the results that were possible.
“So it’s nice to go into the summer break with a smile on my face having scored points that are so important for our position in the championship.”
2011 Hungarian Grand Prix
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