The under-pressure Adrian Sutil matched his best result of 2011 in Brazil.
|Adrian Sutil||Paul di Resta|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’13.261 (-0.323)||1’13.584|
Force India drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
|Paul di Resta||89.186||80.93||80.199||79.774||79.881||79.669||79.974||79.518||79.736||79.973||79.834||80.115||79.543||79.713||79.679||79.973||84.632||93.162||78.599||78.546||78.26||78.364||78.292||78.698||78.153||78.59||78.32||78.844||78.556||78.944||79.128||78.768||78.575||78.544||78.587||78.677||79.422||79.118||79.236||82.93||94.135||78.716||78.377||77.908||77.924||78.025||77.785||77.947||78.95||78.203||78.16||78.85||79.012||78.372||78.074||77.602||77.763||78.447||79.342||77.733||77.636||77.497||77.752||77.452||77.986||77.647||79.001||78.408||78.583||79.056|
|Pit stop 1||Soft 21.097s|
|Pit stop 2||Soft 20.9s|
|Pit stop 3||Medium 21.138s|
Sutil reached Q3 for the fifth time in the last six races, equalling his season-best qualifying position of eighth for the fourth time.
He had a strong run in the race, using a three-stop strategy to catch and pass Nico Rosberg for sixth place: “It completes a great weekend where everything went to plan,” he said.
“I had a good feeling in all the sessions and the team did a brilliant job to give me such a good car today. We also made the right calls with the strategy because we knew there was a chance to beat Mercedes, and that’s exactly what we did.
“So I’m very happy with my sixth place – it’s the best way to end the year and it also means that I move up to ninth place in the drivers’ championship, which was my aim.”
Paul di Resta
|Pit stop 1||Soft 20.745s|
|Pit stop 2||Medium 21.767s|
Di Resta was three-tenths of a second off his team mate in Q2 and that was the difference between which one of them reached the final ten. He started 11th.
Force India continued their recent trend of splitting strategies between the two drivers during the race, and not for the first time it didn’t work out as well for Di Resta.
Running two stops to Sutil’s three left him with a particularly slow middle stint. On top of that he was nursing a car problem: “There was a concern with the gearbox around half way through the race so the team told me to just try and bring the car home,” he said.
Di Resta finished eighth: “In the final stint it was just a case of managing the gap to [Kamui] Kobayashi behind me and we had enough to do that quite easily in the end.”
Drove Di Resta’s car in first practice.
2011 Brazilian Grand Prix
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