If you wish, you may look back at the mid-season report for SFI & Jehan here.
It all changed for the team during the second half of the season, actually it changed 2 races prior to the mid season break when Pirelli went to the 2012 spec tyres. SFI along with Ferrari & Lotus had done a wonderful job of learning the 2013 tyres and made gains at the start of the season but the change of Pirelli tyre spec in the middle of the season hurt the team badly. Out of the 9 races, SFI could only score in 4 of the races with India & Abu Dhabi being the highlight as they had a double point finish in both the races which ultimately help them to keep Sauber at bay in the end. The team did lose to McLaren for the P5 battle as the British team got their act together and scored regularly to leapfrog SFI. It was a promising start for the Anglo-Indian team, fighting with a team like McLaren in itself an incredible achievement. It could have been a close fight, had Pirelli not changed the tyre spec but that’s Formula 1 all about, sometimes things don't go your way. Overall, it was a great job by the team as they improved from their 2012 position of P7 to P6 in 2013 beating their rival Sauber. The team did a commendable job in the second half with little to no development as they decided to shift their focus on the 2014 car. They were always in the hunt for points, with luck they could have scored more in the second half. The team gathered 77 points in total for the 2013 season.
As for our drivers, di Resta had a troubled second half as he managed to score only twice and suffered 4 DNF’s on the trot. It’s tough to asses if it was down to the car or the driver for the average results, no one could predict the outcome. He drove a brilliant in India & specially in Abu Dhabi where he was always in the fight with the likes of Mercedes, Ferrari. He ended at P12 in the DC with 48 points in his kitty. His highlights will surely be races in Bahrain & Abu Dhabi.
On the other side of the garage, Sutil had some better races in the second half with some luck going his way. Although he scored less comparing with the first half but it was significant for the team. His highlight of the season will be Monaco GP and also his epic first stint during the Indian GP. It was overall a good season for him considering he didn’t race in 2012, as he scored 29 points to finish at P13 in the DC.
The rising Indian star stamped his authority in the British Karting Championship by winning the championship title. He became the first Indian driver ever to win a British Karting Championship. A big step in his career this title win giving him the proper start, we have to remember that Vettel had won this championship in 2001 (just a random stat, nothing else). He was under the best guidance being in the Force India Driver Academy and was well supported in the 2013 season. The fourth round brought him closer to the title as he was just 13 points behind the leader. In between the fourth & final round of KFJ championship, he participated in CIK World Championship & in the support race of KFJ championship where he was tested driving in those difficult circumstances. It was the right platform for him before the big finale and he excelled well. It’s been a very fruitful season for the young Indian, we are yet to know about his 2014 plans but one could guess that the next logical step would be something like Formula BMW or Formula Renault I think. But I believe he is on the right track towards the ultimate goal of becoming the next biggest F1 star of India.
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