Force India team mates Adrian Sutil
and Tonio Liuzzi left today's Japanese Grand Prix
in differing moods after they finished 13th and 14th respectively.
Sutil managed to qualify fourth but was demoted to eighth after being penalised for going too fast under yellow flag conditions. Any chance of Sutil scoring any points were effectively ended when he collided with McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen
while battling for eighth position, dropping him back to 12th.
“It was a really disappointing race,” the German said. “The start was OK and I could keep my position but then I fell back to ninth and was caught behind Kovalainen. I got past him at the chicane but then he cut back across and I spun and lost a lot of time. That was really the end of the race for me. When that happens it's obviously very disappointing as I thought we could have done really well today and got some points.”
Tonio Liuzzi was more upbeat about his performance, after managing to bring his Force India
home for only the second time since he replaced Giancarlo Fisichella.
“Overall I think it was not a bad race,” he said. “Starting from that position it was always going to be difficult to score points but we showed a strong pace in the race and never gave up. I could have a really good fight with Alonso and the Williams, plus also the Toro Rosso
so I think it was a good effort from the team.”
Team Principal Vijay Mallaya shared Adrain Sutil's disappointment at the performance and believes that the team will have more luck in a fortnight at Interlagos.
“We had expected a better result from this race, particularly given Adrian's excellent performance in qualifying fourth yesterday,” he said. “The penalty cost us dear as Adrian was behind the heavier Rosberg and then dropped back behind Kovalainen early on. Adrian's race was then compromised when he tried to get past the McLaren
but he nevertheless demonstrated that the car is performing very well in race conditions and we are able to race competitively with the top teams. Tonio too had a strong race to secure his second finish in three events. His confidence is now high and we should look forward to the next race in Brazil where we hope we can capitalise on the pace we have showed over the weekend. Hopefully next time we can get the results to prove it.”