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Force India looking to score points

In another good and solid performance, the team hopes that its car pace will translate into points.
Saturday, July 23, 2011

July 23 (Andrés Rojas).- The Force India team had a strong performance in qualifying for the 2011 German Grand Prix.
Adrian Sutil had an outstanding qualifying session so He will start from the 8th position. His teammate, Paul Di Resta will do it from the 12th.

The team seemed well poised to score points. The Deputy Team Principal, Robert Fernley, said: “I’m determined to see us realize our potential and score points that reflect our pace.” And he added: “I’m confident that both drivers can be in the hunt for points tomorrow afternoon.”

Adrian Sutil is racing in his home country and that seems to have helped in his motivation. The German driver commented about his session: “Another strong qualifying performance for us and it’s great to be starting my home race from P8. My Q3 lap was good, although a couple of tenths slow slower than my Q2 lap, but it wouldn’t have changed my overall position. My laps in Q2 and Q3 were pretty much perfect and I feel I got the maximum from the car.”

The rookie, Paul di Resta, had more of mixed performance, but a start from 12th is not entirely a bad result.
“It was quite a tough day for me. I couldn’t really get the tyres to work when it mattered and I was struggling with a lack of grip in both Q1 and Q2”, di Resta said. “I seem to have lost some ground to Adrian compared to yesterday so perhaps one of the directions we took overnight hasn’t quite worked out. We need to analyse that and hopefully try and improve for tomorrow.”

The Team is gaining confidence, and the hope for better results is easily palpable within the team ranks. Robert Fenley said: “Today’s performance once again shows just how competitive we have become over the last few races. The pace of the car is genuine and both drivers are doing a good job of extracting it. This is a home race for Adrian and we are all delighted to see him qualify in P8 – a target we felt was realistic before the session.”

The other uncontrollable hurdle will be the capricious Nurburgring area weather. Its unpredictability makes things harder for everyone, but also exciting fro the fans.

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