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British GP: Qualifying notes - Force India

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09/07/2011

Force India enjoyed a successful afternoon at Silverstone as Paul Di Resta recorded his best qualifying performance of the year with sixth on the grid for tomorrow's British Grand Prix. Teammate Adrian Sutil will start the race from P11.

Paul Di Resta: "I'm really happy with the result today. To be here for my first British Grand Prix and to be starting in sixth place feels great. The whole team did an excellent job and made sure we were out on track at the right times. The car has shown very strongly in every session and even in the wet yesterday we were very comfortable. Maybe there was a little bit of luck at the end of Q3 when the rain started again, but I think that in the worst case scenario I would have ended up in eighth. Hopefully we can carry the performance into tomorrow and come away with a strong result in my home race."

Adrian Sutil: "I'm quite happy with this qualifying session. It puts us in a good position for tomorrow. It was very close with four or five positions separated by a few tenths and I just missed out on making Q3 in the final few moments. The track conditions were tricky because it was a little bit wet at the beginning of Q2 and the track was constantly improving as it dried. We made the right calls with the tyres and made the most of the conditions so I'm quite happy with the outcome. I think the weather conditions are likely to be a bit better tomorrow and points will be the aim."

Dr. Vijay Mallya, Chairman & Team Principal: "To be starting the British Grand Prix from P6 and P11 is an excellent result for Force India and we can be very pleased with the performance of the car today. The weather conditions have been challenging for everyone over the last couple of days, but we've remained focussed on the job and found a good balance with the cars despite the lack of dry running. I'm very proud of what Paul has achieved today. He has come here extremely confident and delivered an outstanding performance. Adrian, too, has felt very comfortable and we are now well placed to get both cars in the points tomorrow. Silverstone is always one of the highlights of the season and a special race for Force India. It's the home of our factory and a strong result here would be a fitting reward for the team's hard work so far this year."

To check out our Silverstone qualifying gallery, click here.

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