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Mixed emotions at Force India

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.”
by Matthew Briggs



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Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India VJM02, Malaysian F1 Grand Prix, Sepang, Kuala Lumpar, 3rd-5th, April 2009
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(L to R): Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 with team mate Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1.
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Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1.
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(L to R): Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 with team mate Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1.
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(L to R): Carlos Slim Domit (MEX) Chairman of America Movil with Francisco Maass Pena (MEX) Deputy Minister for Tourism; Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1; Miguel Angel Mancera (MEX) Mayor of Mexico City; Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1; Dr. Vijay Mallya (IND) Sahara Force India F1 Team Owner; Alejandro Soberon (MEX) Corporacion Interamericana CEO.
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(L to R): Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 with Dr. Vijay Mallya (IND) Sahara Force India F1 Team Owner and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1.
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(L to R): Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 with team mate Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 and Dr. Vijay Mallya (IND) Sahara Force India F1 Team Owner.
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(L to R): Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 reveal the 2015 Sahara Force India F1 Team livery.
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Dr. Vijay Mallya (IND) Sahara Force India F1 Team Owner.
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(L to R): Dr. Vijay Mallya (IND) Sahara Force India F1 Team Owner with Carlos Slim Domit (MEX) Chairman of America Movil.
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Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1.,
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Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 with fans.
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Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 signs autographs for the fans.
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The Sahara Force India F1 Team 2015 livery is revealed in the Soumaya Museum.
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The Sahara Force India F1 Team 2015 livery unveil in the Soumaya Museum.
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