Interlagos day 2: Force India report

27 November, 2011

Adrian Sutil (GER) Sahara Force India Formula One Team VJM04.

Adrian Sutil

Nov.26 (Sahara Force India) The team enjoyed another strong qualifying session in Sao Paulo as Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta qualified in eighth and eleventh places for tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

P8  Adrian Sutil (VJM04/04)
Q1: 1:13.480
Q2: 1:13.261
Q3: 1:13.298
Adrian: “Another good qualifying session for me to carry on a strong weekend. I had a good feeling all afternoon and I really enjoyed the session because the balance of the car felt great. The only real issue was the fact that it was quite windy, but I was able to adjust my driving and it didn’t catch me out. Eighth is a good place to start and I’m feeling confident for tomorrow – whether it’s wet or dry. We just have to wait and see what the weather does, but I hope we can come away with a lot of points because I’m targeting ninth place in the drivers’ championship. That would be a nice way to end the season.”
P11 Paul Di Resta (VJM04/02)
Q1: 1:13.733
Q2:  1:13.584
Paul: “I knew it was going to be quite a tough session because I was suffering with a top speed delta compared to Adrian’s car and we’ve not been able to fully understand why that’s the case. It meant I was giving away some time on the straights, which is a little frustrating. On the other hand, I have to be reasonably satisfied with P11 and the fact that I only just missed out on Q3. There’s rain forecast for tomorrow and we know the car has been competitive in the wet so hopefully we can capitalise on that. And if it’s dry we should be strong because our pace during long runs has looked pretty good.”

Robert Fernley, Deputy Team Principal
“I think overall we can be pleased with today’s qualifying result. We were confident of getting both cars in the top ten, but Paul has been suffering with a top speed issue since this morning, which we are still  investigating. Without that issue we could well have seen both cars in Q3. As for Adrian, he delivered another excellent qualifying performance, setting consistent lap times and squeezing the maximum from the car. For tomorrow we’re all looking at the weather forecast because there’s a high risk of rain. Whatever happens we are well placed to come away with points for both cars to hopefully secure sixth place in the championship and get Adain in the top ten of the drivers’ championship.”


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