Melbourne: Sauber`s Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi have lost their seventh and eighth places in Sunday`s Australian Grand Prix after both were disqualified for technical infringements on their cars.
The ruling means Ferraris Felipe Massa moves up to seventh, Toro Rosso`s Sebastien Buemi to eighth, Force India`s Adrian Sutil to ninth and Paul di Resta to tenth, the Scot thus scoring on his F1 debut. The revised result would give Force India their first three points of the season.
Both Sutil and di Resta made a good start to the race, running in 10th and 12th respectively by the end of lap one. Di Resta was the first to pit for a set of new option tyres on lap 14 while Sutil`s first stop came on lap 16.
For the team`s second pit stops, Sutil came in for prime tyres on lap 37 and di Resta for new primes on lap 36. The pair then ran consistently in 11th and 12th, maintaining their positions until the chequered flag. "Generally it was not a bad race. Coming from 16th was not easy; the start itself was good and as usual there were a lot of cars at the first corner, but I made up several places by the end of lap one. We had good performance on the track and in the end it was a good race for the first one of the season," Sutil said.
Di Resta said the team would aim for a better finish in the next race. "Our pace was just a little bit behind today, but hopefully by Malaysia we will be able to understand why and, when the upgrades come, perform at bit better.
"Adrian and I were on different strategies and we had to fuel conserve toward the end that`s why the gap opened up. I am going into Malaysia to try to do a better job than I did here today, but overall I am relatively happy," he added.