July 6th, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - For the first time since the Chinese Grand Prix back in April, neither Force India driver has made it into the top ten in qualifying. Paul Di Resta will line up 12th for tomorrow's German Grand Prix with Adrian Sutil back in 15th on the grid.
Force India have been one of the promising teams of 2013, showing good pace at every race so far this season. Last weekend, Paul Di Resta qualified fifth for the British Grand Prix before being excluded for having a marginally underweight car. It therefore comes as something of a surprise to see them struggle for pace in qualifying at the Nurburgring.
Paul Di Resta explained the challenges Force India have been facing this weekend: “It’s been quite a difficult couple of days trying to get the car in the right operating window and I’ve never felt totally comfortable. All the changes we’ve made have been a compromise and I’ve really struggled with the balance. Ahead of qualifying we completely changed the set-up to try to improve things and it certainly helped. For tomorrow we just have to hope that we can repeat the race pace we’ve shown earlier in the season because that has been one of our strengths.”
The German Grand Prix is Adrian Sutil's home race. The German is facing an uphill battle to record a strong result in front of his home fans. Sutil reacted to qualifying as follows:
“P15 for my home race is a bit disappointing. I had a technical issue with my DRS during Q2 and it was not working, which cost me about half a second per lap. That’s why P15 was all that was possible today. Otherwise I think I would have been very close to making Q3. We can fix the issue for tomorrow so we will be ready for the race. Apart from that our absolute pace has not been at our usual level and we’ve struggled to deliver the performance we showed at Silverstone. Tomorrow is a new day; we will push on and I believe points are still possible. ”