And finally, the Turkish GP ‘Hot Rod or Hot Dog’ team/driver analysis draws to a close with this, the third and final section, namely the sleeping dogs – those that didn’t fair so well and came away pointless from Istanbul Park.  If you missed them, you can read about the Top Dogs and Chasing Dogs too and do you agree with our Top Dog of choice for Turkey?

Force India

  • Qualifying: Sutil (12th) Di Resta (13th)
  • Race: Sutil (13th) Di Resta (DNF)

What a torrid weekend for promising rookie Paul Di Resta!  Finally out-qualified by long-term Force’ driver Adrian Sutil and then failed to make it to the flag with a loose wheel forcing the Scot out early.  It was far from delightful weekend in Turkey for the whole team, neither driver made it through to Q3 and no points to bring home.

It’s not all bad sutilthough, here at Badger, we’re sure that this is merely a blip in their season – their driver line up is superb and Paul Di Resta will no doubt bounce back in Spain and Monaco and continue to impress everyone he already has and more (it’s pretty much unanimous amongst the sport’s media that he’s simply awesome!)

Badger’s best?  It has to Adrian Sutil for Turkey, but we’re sure he’s fully aware that team mate Di Resta will be gunning to get back on top in the Hot Rod/Hot Dog rankings for the next race..

Lotus

  • Qualifying: Kovalainen (18th) Trulli (19th)
  • Race: Trulli (18th) Kovalainen (19th)

Another race and another little bit closer to getting into the mid-field pack of cars.  It’s a shame for Lotus that everyone else’s reliability is as good as theirs – gone are the days when a young/smaller team could benefit from others breaking down to pick up points – that said, when (not if) they do make it, all the sweeter it will be.

trulliKovalainen out-qualified Trulli again, we’ve come to expect that and this time, in Q1 he was only 0.5s off Barrichello’s time – not bad at all and oh so tantalisingly close to nipping into the second round – it’s only a matter of time surely!?

Both drivers said they had a tough day, Heikki especially with a hydraulic leak making his after even trickier.  Trulli is confident that come Barcelona the team’s hard work will show and that Catalunya will be the best chance yet for solid effort at breaking into the mid-field.

Badger’s best: Jarno Trulli

Marussia Virgin

  • Qualifying: Glock (21st) d’Ambrosio (23rd)
  • Race: d’Ambrosio (20th) Glock (DNF)

We were very worried about Marussia Virgin here in the Sett because come Saturday afternoon, for the first time, they weren’t the next fastest cars after Lotus, Hispania had a look in, well at least Tonio Liuzzi did.  Nothing against Hispania, but we were full of hope for MVR heading into 2011… Sunday afternoon came along and newbie Jerome d’Ambrosio kept the team smiling with a solid 20th, clearly ahead of the two HRTs following Glock failing to start the race.

dambrosioWe really hope the MVR team can pull something out the bag and bounce back soon, they really need to keep up with progress of the Team Lotus duo (aka PGC – Pesky Green Cars) – fingers crossed that their developments before Spain work well – the Turkish updates weren’t even run in the end…

Badger’s best: Jerome d’Ambrosio

Hispania

  • Qualifying: Liuzzi (20th) Karthikeyan (22nd)
  • Race: Karthikeyan (21st) Liuzzi (22nd)

liuzziHispania’s post-race debrief was rather downbeat – they expected more and are now simply looking ahead to Barcelona, where Tonio is keen to show how competitive he can be… which will be important, the Spanish GP being the team’s home race after all.

Badger’s best: Liuzzi

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