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Force India and Sutil satisfied with 'pole' results

The German made it to Q3 and will start ahead of Schumacher and Pérez from eight. Teammate Di Resta will depart from eleventh.
Saturday, July 30, 2011

July 30, 2011 (Andrés Rojas).- Force India good momentum bring another encouraging result after Adrian Sutil registered the eight best time on qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Sutil’s eighth in the Budapest track matches the Force India driver’s best of the year so far, which was achieved at the Nürburgring just seven days ago. As expected, the German is excited at the possibility of a points finish. I’m very pleased with my qualifying and it feels great to be starting from eighth for the second race in a row,” he said. “This morning in final practice things did not look so good because I was struggling with a general lack of grip."

“We changed quite a few things for qualifying – obviously the right things – and this afternoon the car felt really good and I found the lap times we felt were possible.

“In the past the Hungaroring has not been a track where we have been very strong because it’s a maximum downforce track, so it feels great to show once again that our car is competitive everywhere. The race tomorrow will be all about getting the strategy spot on, but we’re starting in a good place and I’m looking forward to it.”

The team gains confidence with every race and another Q3 appearance plus the chance of scoring points in a consecutive manner helps the cause.

Paul Di Resta did not have a bad day, since he will start from 11th, just shy of a point-earning slot. The Scotsman added: “Starting in eleventh place is not too bad, but I was hoping to be a little bit higher up. I’m still in a good position to score some points tomorrow and it’s nice to be starting from the cleaner side of the grid.”

Di Resta attributes his not so great time to himself, but he believes the car is very well set for a good race. “We had a bit of a messy run in Q1 on the supersoft tyre, but other than that our prime run was very good and I was happy with the car. It’s just my final lap in Q2 wasn’t quite there so maybe I should have been a bit more adventurous. In practice we’ve shown that we can be competitive over longs runs and I’m optimistic that we can carry that through to the race.”

The team boss, Vijay Mallya, expressed his satisfaction with the results too: “Once again we have come to a high downforce track and demonstrated that the VJM04 is a consistent top ten runner. This is now the fourth race in a row that a Force India has made it through to Q3 and the whole team can be proud of this achievement.”

Adrian Sutil at Qualifying for the Hungarian GP.

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