Canadian GP: Force India qualifying report

Adrian Sutil (car 14, VJM03/03): FP3: 7th 1:16.673 (15 laps) Q1: 8th 1:16.495 (8 laps) Q2: 9th 1:16.295 (9 laps) Q3: 9th 1:15.881 (4 laps) Tonio Liuzzi (car 15, VJM03/01): FP3: 9th 1:16.814 (15 laps) Q1: 15th 1:17.086 (11 laps) Q2: 8th ...

Adrian Sutil (car 14, VJM03/03):
FP3: 7th 1:16.673 (15 laps)
Q1: 8th 1:16.495 (8 laps)
Q2: 9th 1:16.295 (9 laps)
Q3: 9th 1:15.881 (4 laps)

Tonio Liuzzi (car 15, VJM03/01):
FP3: 9th 1:16.814 (15 laps)
Q1: 15th 1:17.086 (11 laps)
Q2: 8th 1:16.171 (10 laps)
Q3: 6th 1:15.648 (5 laps)

12 June 2010 - The Force India Formula One Team delivered on its early weekend promise as Tonio Liuzzi and Adrian Sutil put in the team's strongest qualifying performance to date at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in preparation for Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix. Tonio secured sixth position - his best-ever F1 starting position - while Adrian will start ninth, his fourth consecutive entrance into Q3 this season.

Tonio and Adrian made just one run in Q1 to ease into the second part of qualifying, thereby saving the softer tyre compound for use in Q2 and Q3. In Q2 the pair then made two runs, with Tonio setting the eighth quickest time and Adrian the ninth to secure a double Q3 entrance for the team, the second this season.*

In a tense Q3, both drivers then kept their nerve to record times just two tenths apart, with Tonio putting his VJM03 in a career-best sixth and Adrian ninth.

* Both drivers made Q3 in Malaysia.

Adrian Sutil (car 14)
It was a good result to be in Q3 again, the fifth time this season and the fourth in a row. In general the car was good and behaved well, but we just couldn't get the best out of the tyres on the last run. I had a little problem getting the temperature in the front tyres and the car felt a bit more understeery, but we can be happy with the lap in the end and P9 is a good starting position for tomorrow. The race will be tough and for sure it will be hard to make the tyres last over the distance, but we'll give it our best and look to convert the performance into points tomorrow. As a team it's looking pretty good right now, Q3 for both cars and hopefully another double points finish in the race.

Tonio Liuzzi (car 15)
It's good to be back in business after Turkey! We understood a lot of things from there and also Monaco and pushed really hard to make things better. We changed the chassis and brought some new updates that we tested on Friday and then this morning and, so far, everything is great. P6 is a good position to be in, but it won't be easy tomorrow as the tyre wear will be high and I think it will make for a really crazy race. This circuit seems to suit us well, with our aero package and set-up, and we've seen a big step forward. It's a great team effort and if Adrian and I can both finish in the points tomorrow it would make a brilliant reward for the hard work we've done over the past few weeks.

Dr Vijay Mallya, chairman and team principal
I am delighted with this result and so happy to see Tonio back to his best again. We believed in him and wanted to give him the support he needed to realise the potential we knew was in there. He's justified this belief today with a gritty performance. Adrian likewise had a strong session to put both Force Indias into the top ten. As we all know it's tomorrow that counts and Canada has a reputation as an unpredictable race so we have now got to refocus on converting this performance into a strong points haul, which I believe, should be very achievable.

-source: force india

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Adrian Sutil
Teams Force India