July 28th, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - The Hungarian Grand Prix was a race to forget for Force India. Adrian Sutil retired from his 100th Grand Prix with a hydraulic leak, while Paul Di Resta joined his team-mate in the Force India pit garage a few laps from the end with a similar issue on his car.
For Sutil, it was the end of a likely challenge for points. From 11th on the grid, he ran as high as eighth before retiring. He expressed his frustration: "It’s disappointing not to finish, especially as the race was coming back to me after a poor start on the medium tyres. Just before my pit stop I had a problem with the gear shifts and I could not shift up any more. I came into the pits and it became clear we had a hydraulic problem so the team immediately told me to park the car.”
Paul Di Resta started down in 18th place, and had a more difficut race, struggling for balance. He retired from from 14th place after running as high as 12th. After the race, Di Resta said:
“I made a good start and was very aggressive on the opening lap. I think I was up to about P12, but from there on it was difficult because I was struggling with the balance and tyre performance. Without the speed we did not have the flexibility to make the strategy work and points were looking out of reach. Towards the end of the race the team called me to the pits because it seems we had picked up a hydraulic issue, similar to the problem with the other car.
"Over the summer break we will regroup, analyse things properly and take a fresh approach into the second part of the year.”
The next race, at Spa in Belgium, should be a strong one for Force India. They have typically been quick at Spa for the past few seasons, and scored their only pole position with Giancarlo Fisichella at Spa in 2009. Fisichella went on to finish 2nd in the race, Force India's best result to date. If either Sutil or Di Resta can match that performance, it would be their own career best result. Neither has yet managed to stand on the podium in Formula One.