Force India won’t have cause for celebrating after today’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
Obviously struggling with the new tyres, the Silverstone based outfit also suffered from hydraulics issues which saw both drivers dropping from the race.
Adrian Sutil was the first man to leave the race. The German was in the pits for a fresh set of boots and failed to engage the gears when he tried to leave the pit box. A hydraulics leak was found and the team called it a day on Sutil’s 100th Grand Prix.
“It’s disappointing not to finish, especially as the race was coming back to me after a poor start on the medium tyres,” Sutil said, reflecting on his third retirement of the season. “Just before my pit stop I had a problem with the gear shifts and I could not shift up any more. I came into the pits and it became clear we had a hydraulic problem so the team immediately told me to park the car.”
In the other Force India, Paul di Resta knew he’d be facing an uphill battle following a poor Qualifying which saw the Scot start in eighteenth. Despite a good start, the race was no more successful than Qualifying and he eventually called it a day too.
“I made a good start and was very aggressive on the opening lap,” Di Resta said. “I think I was up to about P12, but from there on it was difficult because I was struggling with the balance and tyre performance. Without the speed we did not have the flexibility to make the strategy work and points were looking out of reach. Towards the end of the race the team called me to the pits because it seems we had picked up a hydraulic issue, similar to the problem with the other car.
Over the summer break we will regroup, analyse things properly and take a fresh approach into the second part of the year.”