Sutil, di Resta to start Turkish GP in 12th and 13th positions
Istanbul: Force India`s Adrian Sutil missed out on Q3 yet again but out-qualified teammate Paul di Resta for the first time in the current F1 season by securing the 12th position on the grid for Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix.
Di Resta will start just behind Sutil in the 13th position while ace Indian driver Narain Karthikeyan, who races for Hispania, qualified in the 23rd position.
Sutil`s fastest lap in today`s qualifying session was of one minute 27.027 seconds, slightly better of his Scot teammate, who managed 1 minute 27.145 seconds in Q2.
Sutil was seventh fastest in Q1 but could not better it while di Resta was 12th in Q1 and slipped further in Q2. It was a one-two for Red Bull as defending champion Sebastian Vettel (1:25.049) secured the pole position, followed by teammate Mark Webber (1:25.454) and Mercedes` Nico Rosberg (1:25.574).
"I`m pretty happy with my set-up for tomorrow and feel more comfortable with the car than I did at the last race. In terms of the tyres, the hard seemed to perform very well yesterday, but the softs are looking good in the higher temperatures so it will be interesting to see how that develops in the race," Sutil said, adding that qualifying position won`t matter much in the race.
Di Resta said the qualifying result was according to the expectations.
"I think it was another great team performance today and we are roughly where we expected to be. There were no problems in Q1, and in Q2. I only did one run because we thought it would optimise our race strategy and save a set of tyres.
"I`m happy with my set-up for the race and I think we`ve sacrificed a bit more today to have a better car tomorrow. Hopefully, that will put us in a reasonable position to fight the cars ahead of us and pick up some more points," di Resta said.
Robert Fernley, Deputy Team Principal, was more or less satisfied with the grid positions.
"A pretty good day overall. Starting in P12 and P13 puts us in a great position to race strongly and hopefully challenge for more points. It was a shame that we just missed out on getting ahead of Barrichello, but ultimately Williams were just a little quicker today."