Posted on: June 10, 2013

Canadian Grand Prix: Sahara Force India rejoiced their 100th race in style scoring seven points

By Antara Das

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Canadian Grand Prix: Sahara Force India rejoiced their 100th race in style scoring seven points

It has been reported that Sahara Force India rejoiced their 100th race in style, scoring seven points with Paul Di Resta and Adrian Sutil finishing in 7th and 10th position respectively at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Di Resta drove a splendid race after starting from 17th on the grid and managed to reach 7th position which he maintained to grab six points at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve on Sunday. On the other hand, his team-mate Sutil who started 8th was lucky enough to get away with a spin in Turn 2 early on while fighting Valtteri Bottas ofWilliams for sixth. Sadly, he lost his opportunity of finishing eighth when he was awarded a drive-through penalty for paying no heed to the blue flags for the Lewis Hamilton/Fernando Alonso fight. 

Ultimately, it is Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel who won the Canadian Grand Prix for the first time to claim the 29th victory of his record-breaking career. Beginning from the pole position, the defending triple world champion finished within 14.408 seconds. He was sharply ahead of second-placed Fernando Alonso of Ferrari who fought from sixth spot on the grid to finish on the podium.

Among the rest, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton finished third while Australian Mark Webber emerged fourth in the second Red Bull in advance of Monaco winner Nico Rosberg of Mercedes. In fact, Jean-Eric Vergne of Toro Rosso appeared with his best-ever sixth-place finish ahead of Force India's Di Resta.

Specifically, Sutil finished 10th in the second Sahara Force India car behind Felipe Massa of Ferrari and Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen. Di Resta finished 7th after commencing as low as 17th on the grid. He opined that to finish the race in 7th having started 17th is an enormous result and a pinnacle job by the team.

Di Resta disclosed that he didn't manage to get any long run data on Friday. Hence it feels extra sweet to make this one-stop strategy work with a very long stretch on the mediums. He also felt good to return so strong after a difficult qualifying session. The Briton elaborated on his race strategy that the tyres endured very well, the lap times were cutthroat and the team conveyed him that it was his decision when to make his stop. No sooner did he felt the tyres starting to drop off, he came in. Subsequently, it was a case of looking after the supersofts for the final few laps. 

Sutil declared that the race was quite an adventure, so it's good to emerge with a point given everything that happened. He described that he had a spin when he tried to overtake Bottas, which cost him quite a few positions but he was lucky enough that nobody hit him when he was in the middle of the track. He dropped back and the pack was clustered together, which is when Maldonado ran into the back of him and damaged his rear wing. The German added that despite of all those difficulties, he was running in eighth until the drive-through penalty. He doesn’t think it was a fair penalty because he too had to lap so many cars today and it sometimes took one or two laps which was normal for this circuit. Ultimately, the penalty cost him two positions and three points.

Particularly, Sahara Force India's Deputy Team Principal Robert Fernley was glad with the overall result from the Canadian Grand Prix. He exclaimed that its great to see both their cars in the points at their 100th Grand Prix. It brought their tally to 51 points and strengthened their fifth position in the championship.

Fernley narrated that Paul displayed his fighting spirit with a remarkable drive to seventh with only one stop. On the other side, Adrian's afternoon was rather more eventful, but it was a discontent to pick up the penalty in the closing laps, so it's something they need to review. Overall he thinks that they should be pleased with the result after a challenging weekend.

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