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Double points finish for Force India in Canadian GP
« on: June 14, 2010, 05:16:41 AM »

Race Report - Canadian GP

The Force India F1 Team secured a double points finish in today’s Canadian Grand Prix, with Tonio Liuzzi claiming ninth position and Adrian Sutil tenth. But it was a case of what might have been as Tonio was pushed wide at the first corner after the start and forced to pit for a new front wing, while Adrian picked up a puncture while fighting with Robert Kubica on lap 27. Both incidents relegated them to the rear of the field, however the pair refused to give up and fought to the end to give Force India a further three constructors’ points.


Adrian Sutil - car 14, VJM03/03
10th

Tonio Liuzzi - car 15, VJM03/01
9th



Adrian had a good start from ninth on the grid and made an early pit stop to change to the medium tyre compound on lap six when his soft tyres grained excessively. He recovered to enjoy a tight battle with Kubica for sixth but the pair touched wheels, with Adrian picking up a rear right puncture that necessitated a further pit stop. He dropped back to 13th however was able to reclaim tenth after hard battles with Hulkenberg, Massa, and ultimately his team-mate Tonio. He finally moved into the points when he overtook Michael Schumacher on the final lap.

Tonio was desperately unfortunate not to be able to convert his fifth place starting position after he was squeezed onto the grass in the first corner. He fell to last after the stop for a new front wing, but was able to make in-roads into the field with a series of qualifying-style laps while the rest of the field pitted. By a third distance he was 13th and involved in the tight battle with Alguersuari, Massa, Adrian and Hulkenberg. Sensing points were still possible Tonio then closed to seconds from tenth, which he claimed when Massa pitted. He then put in some banzai laps to close on a slowing Schumacher and secured ninth position on the final lap.


Adrian Sutil - car 14
Like Tonio, it was a pretty hard race. At the start I was racing Kubica and it seemed we could have got into the top five again, but then we touched and I got a puncture. Unfortunately it was at the first corner so I had to drive the whole lap back to the pits. I lost a lot of time like this and dropped out of the top ten, and then had to fight my way past Hulkenberg and then Schumacher to get back in the points. At the end of the race we knew Michael had some problems with his tyres so I really pushed to close the gap and I just got past him on the last corner to get the final point. Of course I’m disappointed as I think we could have got some serious points here today but I think I drove well, the car was good and we were fast the whole race.


Tonio Liuzzi - car 15
It was a tough race and I drove every lap pushing so hard. The team deserved to get a good result after the hard work they have done this weekend and in the past weeks on the developments. We should ultimately have had more points than we got in the end, but it’s always OK to get another few points on board, particularly after the last race when they seemed so far away. Unfortunately we lost a big part of the race as the door was closed on me in the first corner by Felipe [Massa]. It was a race accident as Jenson was on the other side and there wasn’t anything I could do – I was on the inside and holding my line. We lost the front wing and had to change the strategy then and there, but in the end we still got some points. The team is pushing like hell and we want to confirm the progress we’ve made with more results. Today showed we’re strongly in the top 10 and – more importantly – we will never give up.


Dr Vijay Mallya, chairman and team principal
Another double points finish for the team is a very positive result, but given our outstanding qualifying performance yesterday I think in my heart of hearts I would have hoped for more. Both drivers got caught in unfortunate accidents and dropped back but they drove excellently to salvage three points, which, given the circumstances of the race, is very good. We also picked up significant damage on both cars in the incidents and to still show that level of performance is very encouraging. What we have learnt this weekend is that we’ve got a very strong car that’s capable of fighting with the top four teams entirely on merit and we have two top line drivers who are functioning at their best. We’re really looking forward to Valencia now.

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Re: Double points finish for Force India in Canadian GP
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2010, 12:15:27 PM »

Expected better result in Montreal, says Mallya
PTI, Jun 14, 2010, 03.19pm IST

MONTREAL: Even though both the drivers finished inside the top 10, Force India chairman Vijay Mallya said he had expected the Canadian Grand Prix to yield more points for the Silverstone-based outfit.

With Vitantonio Liuzzi earning a career-best fifth place on the starting grid and Sutil four places behind him, Force India had all the reasons to hope for a grand finish on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve which suited the car but Liuzzi finished a turbulent race ninth, just ahead of his teammate.

"Another double points finish for the team is a very positive result but given our outstanding qualifying performance, I think in my heart of hearts I would have hoped for more," Mallya said after the race.

Liuzzi lost his front wing after an opening lap tangle with Ferrari's Felipe Massa, while Sutil's brush with Robert Kubica left the German with a punctured tyre, necessitating an unscheduled pit stop.

"Both drivers got caught in unfortunate accidents and dropped back but they drove excellently to salvage three points, which, given the circumstances of the race, is very good," Mallya said.

"We also picked up significant damage on both cars in the incidents and to still show that level of performance is very encouraging," said Mallya, also the team principal.

"What we have learnt this weekend is that we've got a very strong car that's capable of fighting with the top four teams entirely on merit and we have two top line drivers who are functioning at their best. We're really looking forward to Valencia now," he added.

Liuzzi also felt the outcome could have been better. "The team deserved to get a good result after the hard work they have done this weekend and in the past weeks on the developments. We should ultimately have had more points than we got in the end, but it's always OK to get another few points on board, particularly after the last race when they seemed so far away," said the Italian.

"Unfortunately we lost a big part of the race as the door was closed on me in the first corner by Felipe. We lost the front wing and had to change the strategy then and there, but in the end we still got some points.

"The team is pushing like hell and we want to confirm the progress we've made with more results. Today showed we're strongly in the top 10 and - more importantly - we will never give up," he added.

Echoing his view, Sutil said, "Of course I'm disappointed as I think we could have got some serious points here but I think I drove well, the car was good and we were fast the whole race."
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/more-sports/racing/Expected-better-result-in-Montreal-says-Mallya/articleshow/6046418.cms
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