It was a frustrating end to the Chinese Grand Prix weekend for Force India as Paul di Resta finished the race just outside the points in 11th and Adrian Sutil finished 15th.

However there were positives to come out of the weekend and Force India should not be too disheartened by what happened on Sunday. There is still a long way to go!

Paul put in another solid performance and the only disappointment for the Scotsman will have been not finishing in the points. Adrian was also in contention to finish in the points until Sergio Perez tried to pull off an optimistic move on the German late in the race. Both drivers collided and Sutil was forced to make another pit stop.

It was an unfortunate end to the weekend after a promising start but China proved the team are making significant improvements.


The Force India’s made it into Q2 comfortably with Sutil posting the 13th quickest time and di Resta finishing Q1 in 7th.

Things were about to get even better for last years DTM Champion. Paul managed to get himself into Q3 for the first time in his Formula One career and finished Q2 in tenth. A great birthday present for himself to get into Q3.

Adrian just missed out on the third qualifying session by finishing Q2 in 11th. But the German had the option of starting the race on any tyre.

At this stage of the Chinese weekend, Force India will have fancied their chances of finishing in the points and adding to their points tally.

Once again di Resta outqualified Sutil to make it 3-0 and Adrian really does have a job on his hands if he wants to be the leading driver of the team.


Adrian and Paul made flying starts to the race with di Resta climbing up one place and Sutil moving up to eighth at the end of the first lap.

I’m sure Force India and their faithful in the early stages of the race were confident both of their drivers would finish in the points. Both drivers were looking good to finish the race in the top ten.

Throughout the race it appeared to be that di Resta was struggling with his tyres and this proved costly in the end.

On a two stop strategy, Paul came in for his second stop on lap 33. Having to do more than 20 laps in his final stint was always going to be difficult as well as keeping Vitaly Petrov and Kamui Kobayashi behind him.

Unfortunately di Resta was unable to prevent Petrov and Kobayashi getting past him and the 25 year-old Scotsman came home in 11th. Perhaps Paul would have been better off with a three stop strategy. But that is something he and the team can look into as they head to Turkey for the next round.

But Paul had another solid weekend and it was just unfortunate he was not able to finish in the points for the third race on the trot. And yet again he finished ahead of his more experienced team-mate in the race.

Adrian Sutil could also have finished in the points but his race really came to an end when he had a coming together with Sergio Perez. Perez caused the collision and rightly got a drive through.

And Sutil through no fault of his own was forced to pit again. To make matters worse for the German he was also lapped. It was just one of those days for the ex Spyker driver but I am confident he will bounce back.


Had Sutil and di Resta gone for three stops then they may well have finished in the points. But lets not be cynical of the way Force India performed in the weekend. Qualifying went well and Adrian and Paul were just unlucky in the race.

Sutil could do nothing about his collision with Perez and di Resta was trying his best to look after his tyres after his second stop. Petrov and Kobayashi were on fresh tyres and there was nothing Paul could do to stop them getting past.  

There are no doubt positives Force India can take from the Chinese Grand Prix weekend. Despite the team not scoring any points in China, I have seen signs of improvement and we have still yet to see the best of the VJM04.

I’m sure Force India will be looking to score points at the Turkish Grand Prix and if they can have a strong qualifying then who knows what can happen.

If the Grand Prix in China was anything to go by, then we are in for another cracker at Turkey.

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