Force India’s Sutil and Di Resta 8th and 12th at the German GP qualifying (Lead)

July 24th, 2011 - 2:34 am ICT by IANS  

Nurburgring, July 24 (IANS) Force India’s Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta were the 8th and 12th fastest in the Formula One German Grand Prix qualifying here Saturday while Indian driver Karun Chandhok of Team Lotus finished 21st in his first race of the season.

Redbull’s Mark Webber clocked 1:30.079 seconds to claim pole position ahead of McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, who recorded 1:30.134 to settle the front row.

Webber’s team mate and championship leader Sebastian Vettel was the third fastest with a time of 1:30.216. This was the first time in 15 races that Vettel found himself out of the top two going into Sunday’s race.

Force India, however, came up with yet another solid qualifying performance as Sutil and di Resta set a time of 1:32.010 and 1:32.560 to be in hunt for points.

“Another strong qualifying performance for us and it is great to be starting my home race from P8. My Q3 lap was good, although a couple of tenths slow slower than my Q2 lap, but it wouldn’t have changed my overall position,” said Sutil.

“I feel I got the maximum from the car. The balance has been good all weekend; I feel confident in the car and I really like this circuit. So I am excited about the race tomorrow and really looking forward to it. We just have to wait and see what happens with the weather.”

Force India will look to make amends for the disappointing show in Silverstone after its drivers failed to finish amongst points despite a decent show in qualifying. The Vijay Mallya owned team is at eighth place in the Constructors Championship with 12 points.

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