September 23rd, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - Force India were rewarded with just a single point after their two drivers toiled in the heat and humidity of Singapore for almost two hours. Adrian Sutil finished tenth, his sixth points finish of the season. Paul Di Resta inexplicably crashed out a few laps from the end, his third accident in as many races.
Di Resta was in the points for a fair amount of the race, and found himself battling with Ferrari's Felipe Massa as soon as the Brazilian pitted under the safety car. The Ferrari was clearly faster than the Force India, but Di Resta managed to keep Massa at bay until their last pit stops. Di Resta and Massa pitted on the same lap, and the Force India pit crew did a good enough job to get Di Resta out in front, where he stayed until crashing out.
It was not immediately clear why Di Resta had crashed, and he admitted afterwards that he wasn't sure of the cause of the accident. But it was a shame for the team, as Di Resta could potentially have finished as high as sixth, which would have helped Force India's bid to overtake McLaren in the Constructors' Championship.
Adrian Sutil gained two places as a result of other drivers retiring in the closing stages of the race. First, Di Resta crashed out, and then Mark Webber coasted to a halt with flames issuing from his Red Bull on the final lap. Sutil was at the back of the train of cars that included both McLarens and Nico Hulkenberg towards the end of the race, but did not have the grip left in his tyres to pass them.
This is what the drivers had to say after the Singapore Grand Prix:
Adrian: “It was a tough race and exhausting in the end. So it feels great to come away with a point and it’s a small motivation for the whole team. In the closing laps of the race I was catching the train of cars in front of me – Perez, Button and Hulkenberg. I thought I had a chance to get ahead of at least one of them, but as soon as I reached the back of the train my tyres went off. In fact, we were all struggling with tyres and I couldn’t attack anymore because it felt like driving on ice. So I’m happy to take the point and it’s well deserved by the whole team.”
Paul: “It’s such a shame to come away with nothing to show from a race where we had put ourselves in a position to score some valuable points. The management of the tyres was good and the overall performance in race conditions was very strong. Even without the safety car we were in good shape, but as a team we made the right calls and were looking to challenge the train of cars ahead of us in the final few laps. Then I had the incident at turn seven. I’m still not sure what happened, but I took the corner the same way as I had done the previous lap and the car went straight on and wouldn’t stop. The team is investigating what happened.”