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GP Week : Issue 109
Team-By-Team: Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne Force India had a technical infringement on Sauber’s cars to thank for making the season- opening 2011 Grand Prix a double points scoring race for the team, after taking the chequered flag just outside the points in 11th and 12th. Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta were closely matched throughout, although di Resta did have to let Sutil through twice as the team focused their efforts on the more experienced driver. Sutil wasn’t able to pull away until the final laps when di Resta had to slow while conserving fuel. It was a bitter-sweet race for Toro Rosso, as Sebastien Buemi got the team’s first points on the scoreboard, but Alguersuari’s race was marred by a first-lap collision. After losing a place on the first lap, Buemi repassed di Resta for tenth later in his first stine before stopping twice for new tyres to take the chequered flag in tenth one lap down. He was later promoted to eighth when the Saubers were excluded. By contrast, Alguersuari fell to second- last on the opening lap after tangling with Schumacher at turn 3, before fighting his way back to 13th at the flag. What should have been a dream start to their 2011 campaign turned rather sour on Sunday night in Melbourne, after post-race scrutineering found their C30 cars did not comply with the rules. Sergio Perez was the star of the race on his debut, completing an astonishing 35 laps on the soft tyre that some teams could only get to last for 15. Team-mate Kobayashi stopped twice from ninth on the grid to finish in eighth, despite being overtaken three times on the road. Virgin had HRT’s woes to spare their blushes at their first race of 2011, after an underwhelming performance in Australia. After scraping through to the grid with just four tenths to spare over 107%, they were unable to keep pace with main rivals Lotus during the race. Glock kept with Trulli during the opening stint, but then dropped back when a wheel came loose, while d’Ambrosio trundled home four laps down on his debut F1 outing. Virgin’s biggest battle over the coming races will be staying inside that 107% target and beating the beleagured Hispania team. Having failed to complete a single lap in pre- season testing, HRT were always against the odds to qualify for Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix, as the reintroduced 107% qualifying rule was brought into force. Matters got even worse for HRT at the start of the weekend as they were unable to complete their first flying lap until final practice, although both drivers completed 11 laps each in qualifying. Liuzzi and Karthikeyan’s times were 109 and 110% of the fastest Q1 time though and they were not permitted to race, despite appealing for a dispensation from the stewards. 35 Lotus still has a considerable amount of work to do to reel in the midfield after finishing well off the pace in Melbourne. In qualifying, Kovalainen and Trulli finished two seconds behind their nearest rival and in the race they were unable to hang on to the midfield pack, with Trulli eventually finishing two laps down. Kovalainen was unable to make it to the end of the race after a water leak brought his evening to a premature end on lap 20. Lotus will be hoping for an improvement in form for their home race in Malaysia next F1 AUSTRALIA >>