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Force India drivers Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta both broke into the top ten shootout in Abu Dhabi this evening, prompting the latter to declare the team’s Saturday objective as complete. Sutil will start from ninth on tomorrow’s grid, while di Resta occupies tenth having failed to post a time in the final phase of qualifying.
"I’m happy with ninth place today and it was a good session for me," Sutil commented. "In Q3 we waited a bit longer than planned because we wanted to wait and see what Mercedes did. In the end they decided to go out so I also went out and I did a timed lap.
"The lap was a little bit compromised because I didn’t get the tyres fully up to temperature, so maybe I could have been a bit higher up. Still, I don’t think we can complain too much because P9 is a fair reflection of our pace at the moment."
"Getting two cars in the top ten was the objective today and that’s what we achieved," added di Resta. "We made some good progress this morning perfecting the set-up and I was happy with the car in qualifying. Q1 and Q2 went well and we got the job done by getting in the top ten. Our approach to Q3 was to give us the optimum strategy for tomorrow.
"For the race we are definitely hoping for points because our focus is to maintain our sixth place in the championship. I’m really looking forward to this race because the place looks spectacular at night. It’s also nice to drive in twilight conditions when it’s a bit cooler."
Force India currently holds sixth place in the Constructors’ Championship, ten points ahead of main rivals Sauber and Toro Rosso.
Force India F1
|1.||S. Vettel||Red Bull||01:38.481||16|
|4.||M. Webber||Red Bull||01:38.858||19|
|9.||A. Sutil||Force India||01:40.768||17|
|10.||P. di Resta||Force India||no time||15|
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