Sutil, Resta rise to 9th, 10th after Sauber pair's exclusion

Updated: 27 March 2011 23:02 IST

Force India drivers Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta sneaked into the points bracket following Sauber pair's disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Sutil, Resta rise to 9th, 10th after Sauber pair's exclusion

Melbourne:

Force India drivers Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta sneaked into the points bracket following Sauber pair's disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Sutil and di Resta had finished outside the points bracket at 11th and 12th respectively but they were elevated to the ninth and 10th spot after the exclusion of Sauber pair of Kamui Kobayashi and Mexican Sergio Perez for breaching technical regulations.

FIA stewards said that Kobayashi, who finished eighth and Perez, in seventh, were found to have breached technical regulations relating to the uppermost rear wing of their cars and will not get any points from the race.

Both Sutil and di Resta made a good start to the race, running in 10th and 12th respectively by the end of lap one. Di Resta was the first to pit for a set of new option tyres on lap 14 while Sutil's first stop came on lap 16.

For the team's second pit stops, Sutil came in for prime tyres on lap 37 and di Resta for new primes on lap 36. The pair then ran consistently in 11th and 12th, maintaining their positions until the chequered flag.

The exclusion of the Sauber drivers also helped Ferrari's Felipe Massa, who rised to the seventh place, ahead of Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi and Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta. Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull won the race.

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