Force India have enjoyed a very successful grand prix in Canada, celebrating their 100th in the sport with a double-points score that has seen them pull clear of McLaren in the battle for 5th in the constructors’ championship.
Adrian Sutil started the race in 8th but he dropped out of the points after spinning whilst trying to overtake Valtteri Bottas. Despite receiving some rear wing damage and a drive-through penalty for ignoring blue flags, the German driver managed to come through to finish the race in 10th, picking up one point.
However, Force India’s lead driver in Canada was Paul di Resta. A disastrous qualifying session had seen him fail to make it past Q1, lining up a lowly 17th on the grid. A good start saw him make some progress, and he made it through the tire graining phase to last an unprecedented 57 laps on Pirelli’s medium compound tire. He eventually finished the race in 7th, being labelled as many as the driver of the day. Pirelli will also be pleased to see their tires working so well ahead of the newly designed tires’ debut at the British Grand Prix.
“Credit to Pirelli for giving us a tire that was superb here. We felt very comfortable on the medium tire, and we thought it would work, although we didn’t think it would last that long,” di Resta told the BBC.
The team will be pleased to have opened up a fourteen point gap to McLaren in the constructors’ championship ahead of the British Grand Prix later this month.