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No points for Force India from Spanish GP

May 22, 2011 22:50 IST

Force India's pointless streak continued as Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil finished 12th and 13th respectively in the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona on Sunday.

Its now third race in a row that Force India has returned empty handed. The previous two races in China and Turkey had also not yielded any point for the Silverstone-based outfit.

Meanwhile, India's Narain Karthikeyan finished last in the 21st position as three drivers retired, including Ferrari's Felipe Massa. Karthikeyan's Hispania teammate Vitantonio Liuzzi and Heikki Kovalainen of Lotus were the other drivers who did not finish.

Force India had compromised on its qualifying session here for the sake of tyres and had they got slightly better on the grid they could have been in top-10 since both the drivers raced well, especially the less-experienced di Resta.

Di Resta, who started 16th on the grid, had zoomed up to eighth position between lap 25 and 30 when other teams went for the pit stop.

He had an intense battle with Sebastien Buemi of Torro Rosso in a desperate bid to sneak into the top-10 and succeeded in lap 42 and stayed there for about 10 laps.

But in the end, he and his German teammate Sutil finished outside the points bracket.

Red Bull's defending champion Sebastian Vettel put up a dominating show, winning his fourth race of the season while McLaren's Lewis Hamilton was second, followed by his teammate Jenson Button.

Red Bull's Mark Webber, who was on pole, finished fourth. Renault's Nick Heidfeld, who was last on the grid, finished eighth to grab four points.

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