Force India are happy with their German Grand Prix. Adrian Sutil took sixth place, whilst Paul Di Resta recovered from a first lap crash to finish in thirteenth. The eight points scored today mean that Force India are now sitting in 7th place in the F1 Constructors’ Championship.
Sutil is understandably happy with his performance at his home Grand Prix. “It was a great race today,” he began. “I’m so pleased to get this result for the team because we really deserved it.
“We had a great car all weekend and everything just went perfectly. The tyres lasted well and we definitely made the right calls with the strategy, which helped me beat Nico [Rosberg] in the final stint. It was actually quite a lonely race for me because I spent most of the time running in clean air so I could really show the potential of the car.
“To get this result in my home race also makes it extra special and I’d like to thank the fans for their support this weekend. But this is just the start because we still have lots of work to do in the coming races to score lots of points and catch up with the teams ahead of us.â€
Team-mate Paul Di Resta has said he is frustrated at the first lap crash as he feels he had a good chance to score more points for the team. “Once again it’s a frustrating end to my weekend because I had a great chance to score some points today,” he explained.
“I made a reasonable start, maintained my position and I was racing with Michael into the first corner. Then I got hit from behind, which must have been Nick [Heidfeld], and that spun me around and compromised my race. It’s a shame because we came here with a great package and we had a good strategy for the race.
“I pushed hard to recover, but points were just out of reach today. The good news is that Adrian has brought in a lot of points and shown just how competitive the car is.â€
Dr. Vijay Mallya, Chairman and Team Principal, commented, “Today has been a wonderful team performance and I’m delighted to see Adrian finish in sixth place a result that everybody has been working hard to achieve. We have been a bit unlucky in the last few races, but today we demonstrated the true pace of the car and delivered the result to match it.
“The only frustration is that Paul was the unfortunate victim of a first lap accident with Heidfeld. Without this, I’m sure we could have had both Force Indias finish in the points. Even so, we welcome the eight points scored today points that are important for our championship position and move us ahead of Toro Rosso.â€