Sahara Force India failed to notch up any points in the German GP as Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil finished 11th and 13th respectively, here, on Sunday.
Di Resta, who was in point contention till the very last lap of the race, missed out on scoring points for only the second time this season. At the Malaysian Grand Prix, the Scott was forced to retire.
Adrian Sutil, on the other hand, disappointed in his home race. It’s now for the fifth time that he has come out without adding to team’s score sheet. Sunday’s show also means that Force India’s lead over McLaren has been reduced to 10 points.
Force India remain in fifth place with 59 points even as Jenson Button and Sergio Perez added 12 points to McLaren’s kitty with sixth and eighth place finishes, respectively.
Sebastian Vettel won the race and joining him on the podium were Lotus duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean in second and third place respectively.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso worked his way to fourth after starting eighth on the grid while Lewis Hamilton was fifth after starting from pole.
Speaking about his performance, Di Resta said: “It’s not been the easiest of weekends for us… But, in the final part of the race, it looked like we were on course to score some points.
“However, in the end, we just ran out of tyres during the last couple of laps. But it was always going to be risky with our two-stop strategy, especially as we had to pit under the safety car.
“There were times in the race when the car was working well, but I really struggled with the first set of mediums and was not happy with the balance. Things improved quite a bit for the final stint, but by then we were out of position.”
Di Resta said they need to make a strong come back in the next race. “It’s frustrating to miss out on points… So we need to unleash our potential and get back to our usual form in Hungary.”
Sutil, on the other hand, admitted he was disappointed with the result of the match. “It turned out to be quite a disappointing race… Whatever might be the reason, we’ve just not had the pace this weekend.
“I struggled a lot with the tyres and had to convert from a two-stop race to a three-stop race, which was not our plan. I also lost some time at my final pit stop… After that, the points were just too far away.”