Force India feels safety car prevented the team from getting points at the 2011 Japanese GP at Suzuka

Force India driver Adrian Sutil is of the opinion that the need to drive behind the safety car hurt the team strategy at the 2011 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix. While the Japanese Suzuka Circuit saw Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel secure third place and win the world Championship title for the second time in a row, it was McLaren’s Jenson Button who stood atop the podium at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Force India team drivers, Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta finished the race at eleventh and twelfth places respectively. Incidentally, they qualified for the 2011 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix in the same positions. Force India is looking to beat Renault for the fifth spot on the Constructor’s Championship. The Force India cars did not finish in the top ten and as such have had to miss out on crucial points. Their hopes of catching up with team Renault in 5th spot on the Constructor’s Championship gets even more difficult considering only four flyaway races remain in the 2011 F1 season.

Force India driver Paul Di Resta had a great start and improved 4 places in the initial laps but says their team strategy wet kaput because the safety car had t be bought out. Force India is currently at 6th place with 48 points while Renault is in fifth place with 72 points. In the meantime, team Sauber has been playing catching up with Force India. The next race is the Korean GP on October 16th, which will be followed by the inaugural Airtel Indian Grand Prix.

Paul di Resta had this to say. “I settled into a good rhythm but the safety car spoilt our strategy because that was our fastest part of the race and it was important to try and pull a gap. It helped the cars making two stops because they caught us in the final laps and it was very hard to defend.” “Going into the final four races we know it’s going to be a close battle with the teams around us. Sauber seemed to be quite competitive here and Renault look to be back on form, but we will try and fight back in Korea.”