Force India moved to 15 points clear of Sauber in the battle for sixth in the constructors’ championship, with one race remaining.
|Adrian Sutil||Paul di Resta|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’40.205 (-0.209)||1’40.414|
Force India drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
|Paul di Resta||119.226||110.83||109.889||109.11||109.241||109.164||108.536||108.688||109.621||108.674||108.775||108.536||109.669||111.284||108.693||108.37||108.569||108.64||109.735||109.47||108.821||108.807||108.623||108.722||108.607||109.269||111.287||126.603||106.172||105.881||106.496||107.644||106.028||105.679||107.605||105.264||105.118||107.519||105.035||104.751||104.691||104.726||104.661||104.795||104.818||104.238||104.303||104.656||104.12||104.837||105.647||105.31||105.805||105.08||106.635|
|Pit stop 1||Soft 20.356s|
|Pit stop 2||Medium 20.614s|
Both Force Indias got through to Q3 and as Sutil was the only driver to set a time, he started ahead.
He admitted that they waited to see if Mercedes would do a lap which left it too late for him to generate enough heat in his tyres: “The lap was a little bit compromised because I didn’t get the tyres fully up to temperature, so maybe I could have been a bit higher up.”
He fell short of beating Michael Schumacher by a tenth of a second.
Sutil finished the race close behind Schumacher as well after the team decided to use a conventional strategy: “Initially we were planning to do a one-stop race, but the team took the decision to switch to a two-stop strategy because the soft tyre did not last as long as we thought it would. So it was a good call by the team to make the change.”
Paul di Resta
|Pit stop 1||Soft 20.216s|
Di Resta started on the harder tyres and fell behind Sergio Perez at the start, but was soon back in front as the Sauber driver broke his wing against Sutil’s car.
He came under pressure from Sebastien Buemi and twice re-passed the Toro Rosso in the second DRS zone having been taken in the first. But on lap 14 he ran wide at turn 11 while taking the place back a third time, and Buemi was through.
Di Resta took the place back when the Toro Rosso driver retired a few laps later. Running an unusual one-stop strategy, he made his single stop on lap 27 and finished the race on soft tyres: “With hindsight my one-stop race was not the optimum strategy, but we felt it was worth a try. As it turned out the performance of the medium was not great to begin with so the first 30 laps were quite hard work.”
2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
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