Force India's Sutil to start 8th, di Resta 11th

Force India’s Adrian Sutil equalled his best qualifying performance of the season by yet again claiming the eighth spot on the grid, while his team—mate Paul Di Resta will start at the 11th position in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix here.

Sutil, who started eighth on the grid in Nurburgring last week, came up with yet another strong performance in his VJM04 and clocked an impressive 1:21.445s to move ahead Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher (1:21.907s) and Sauber—Ferrari’s Sergio Perez (1:22.157s), who completed the top 10 line up.

By virtue of a strong qualifying session, Sutil once again stand in with a chance to score valuable points for his team after his impressive sixth place finish in last week’s German GP.

His team—mate Di Resta (1:22.256s), however, missed the final qualifying session by a whisker after Sauber’s Sergio Perez edged past his time in Q2.

In the top half of the grid, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel (1:19.815s) outpaced McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton (1:19.978s) to secure his eighth pole of the season.

Hamilton’s team—mate Jenson Button (1:20.024s) will start from the third position followed by Ferrari duo of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso, Renault’s Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg of Mercedes.

Force India is presently at the seventh place in the Constructor’s Championship table with 20 points.

Sutil said he was happy with his performance and the car was competitive.

“I’m very pleased with my qualifying and it feels great to be starting from eighth for the second race in a row. This morning in final practice things did not look so good because I was struggling with a general lack of grip. We changed quite a few things for qualifying — obviously the right things — and this afternoon the car felt really good and I found the lap times we felt were possiblen,” said Sutil.

“In the past the Hungaroring has not been a track where we have been very strong because it’s a maximum downforce track, so it feels great to show once again that our car is competitive everywhere. The race tomorrow will be all about getting the strategy spot on, but we’re starting in a good place and I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

Di Resta said he was looking to score points on Sunday.

“Starting in eleventh place is not too bad, but I was hoping to be a little bit higher up. I’m still in a good position to score some points tomorrow and it’s nice to be starting from the cleaner side of the grid. We had a bit of a messy run in Q1 on the supersoft tyre, but other than that our prime run was very good and I was happy with the car.

“It’s just my final lap in Q2 wasn’t quite there so maybe I should have been a bit more adventurous. In practice we’ve shown that we can be competitive over longs runs and I’m optimistic that we can carry that through to the race.”

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