Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil could only manage 11th and 13th on the grid in China in stark contrast to the pace they displayed three weeks ago at the Malaysian GP, when the team looked set for one of their best ever qualifying sessions before rain robbed them of their speed.
“How can I be satisfied? This definitely wasn’t the target,” Sutil said after yesterday’s session. “I found almost the maximum out of the car but, yeah, several issues. But tomorrow is another day and we should have less problems in the race,” the German added.
However, Force India will have is a free choice of tyres, and choosing to start on the medium compound tyres could see the pair move up as cars ahead of them are forced to stop thanks to the quicker but fast-degrading soft tyres.