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Mixed fortunes for Force India in Spanish GP qualifying

Paul di Resta was pleased to make it through to Q3, but Adrian Sutil's Q2 run was compromised by traffic
Saturday, May 11, 2013

May 11th, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - Force India are looking at the possibility of a reasonable result in tomorrow's Spanish Grand Prix after Paul di Resta qualified 10th after producing a strong lap in Q2 to progress to the final part of qualifying. Adrian Sutil was unfortunate to be surrounded by other cars in his final Q2 run and did not manage to find the time to progress to Q3, but is confident that the car is good enough for points in tomorrow's race.

Both Force Indias have featured in the top ten of every Free Practice session so far this weekend. It's only in qualifying that there were any issues, and that bodes well for the race, as qualifying has become less and less important in the era of easier overtaking. That being said, the Circuit de Catalunya is one of the toughest tracks for passing on the calendar and will provide a significant challenge for those starting in the middle of the pack.

Di Resta put in a superb performance at the last race in Bahrain to finish fourth from fifth on the grid. He is clearly in strong form and will be looking to convert his top ten grid position into a good haul of points tomorrow. Adrian Sutil has not been so fortunate, despite driving well during the first four races of the season. He has been the innocent victim of crashes, punctures and technical failures on his car, but showed in Australia that he is very capable and has a quick car. From 14th on the grid, he has the opportunity to break into the points and deliver the good result he is due.

Driver quotes from after qualifying:

Paul Di Resta: “I think we can feel pretty pleased with tenth because we achieved our target of reaching Q3. I did not quite get the maximum from Q3, because it was difficult to optimise the final sector on my out lap, but we are still in a good position for the race. Tyre wear will play a big role tomorrow because this place is one of the hardest tracks for the tyres. Hopefully that will work to our advantage and we can make some progress with a good strategy and not spend too much time in the pit lane. There will obviously be a lot of cars behind me with new tyres, so the race to the first corner will be crucial.”

Adrian Sutil: “Q1 went well and my run on the hard tyres gave me some good information before I fitted the mediums. Then Q2 was a bit disappointing because my position on the track for the final run was not ideal. Vergne pulled out of the pits just as I was leaving and I had Nico [Hulkenberg] pushing from behind. Also Webber was on a flying lap and it was difficult to find a gap. I think that’s the main reason why I missed out on Q3 because we had the pace to be in the top ten. I’m sure my car is going to work well tomorrow, but it’s so tough to overtake here and qualifying position is very important.”

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