Sixth and eighth was the team’s best two-car result since the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix.
The team tightened their grasp on sixth in the constructors championship and may even entertain thoughts of passing Renault for fifth.
With five Grands Prix remaining there’s 22 points between them and Force India have out-scored them 36-5 over the last five races.
|Adrian Sutil||Paul di Resta|
|Qualifying time comparison (None)|
Force India drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
|Paul di Resta||127.636||118.606||118.075||117.431||117.449||116.738||116.67||116.75||116.704||117.587||117.689||116.858||117.378||117.542||118.173||117.276||117.543||118.245||125.824||138.324||115.507||115.819||115.529||116.158||115.725||115.914||115.146||115.521||133.104||161.478||129.087||120.331||147.827||118.552||118.814||115.766||114.624||114.707||115.835||114.644||114.239||114.603||114.839||114.455||114.311||114.828||115.024||115.071||115.463||115.15||115.493||115.434||116.464||115.668||115.839||116.292||117.337||117.319||118.679||119.276||123.454|
|Start tyre||Super soft|
|Pit stop 1||Soft 30.718s|
|Pit stop 2||Soft 33.418s|
Sutil qualified ninth and held position as the race started. He switched to soft tyres at his first pit stop and his team mate shortly appeared behind him running the softer tyres.
He was made aware of Di Resta’s different strategy and let his team mate go without a fight on lap 26.
But that compromised him when the safety car came out three laps later. The pair pitted together and Sutil, who was second to arrive, lost time as he was held in his box as another car came past, and fell behind Nico Rosberg.
He ran behind Rosberg until the end, losing one place to Lewis Hamilton: “The final stint was quite difficult because I had to do about 30 laps on the soft tyres.
“I had Perez close behind me and then Massa was closing in fast on the final lap. Fortunately I had enough to hold on to eighth.”
Paul di Resta
|Pit stop 1||Super soft 30.704s|
|Pit stop 2||Soft 29.764s|
An alternative tyre strategy helped Di Resta to his best career result so far.
He started on soft tyres and kept within range of Sutil, who was on super-softs. Sutil eased his path after Di Resta changed to super softs on lap 19.
His first stint on super softs was cut short by the safety car and he switched to soft tyres to run to the end of the race.
Hamilton took fifth place off him but sixth was still his best result so far.
Afterwards he said: “I don’t think the safety car really helped us because I still had a lot of life left in the super soft tyres in the middle of the race, but it didn’t really hurt us either.
“After that it was a case of managing my pace to Rosberg, looking after the tyres and bringing the car home. I was in free air for the final part of the race, which helped, and the pace was strong.
“It’s probably my best race of the season, but it’s the result of all the hard work behind the scenes. We came here with an upgrade package that has allowed us to gain performance in the race, gain tyre life, and we saw the benefits of that today.”
2011 Singapore Grand Prix
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