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Sutil: Ninth the most we could have hoped for

Adrian Sutil drives 'great race' at Istanbul Park and scores again for Force India.
Force India F1 team's Adrian Sutil bounced back from a disappointing qualifying session to score two more points in Turkey.

Sutil, who started eleventh, eventually came home in ninth place, the fourth time this year he has finished in the top-ten.

The German had a good start and made up one place. Early on he was battling with Fernando Alonso and Kamui Kobayashi, however a slight delay in his pit stop cost him three seconds and dropped him back. Sutil continued to push though and ultimately passed Kobayashi on lap 50. He also gained a place when Vitaly Petrov had to pit with a puncture four laps later.

"It was a good race in the end, I enjoyed it," Sutil said. "I had a good start and first lap and the only real downside was the pit stop when we lost a few seconds at a crucial time. That's where I lost two positions and had to fight back past Kobayashi. I was quite lucky then to benefit from the tussle between [Mark] Webber and [Sebastian] Vettel and then Alonso and Petrov to make up some places. Ninth position after the weekend we've had is the most we could have done.

"OK, we probably lost a position due to the time lost in the stop but at this stage any points are good. We still have some developments coming for the next race and our next task is to use the SRW [switchable rear wing – our version of McLaren's F-duct] on my car - and once we get these done I think it will be looking really good for the next few races."

Team-mate Vitantonio Liuzzi meanwhile wasn't quite so fortune and having only qualified 18th, he came home 13th.

"It was a long race, but we knew we would have a difficult one after the qualifying yesterday," said the Italian. "We realised that we are struggling with the car and I still don't have the grip. I tried to push hard at the beginning with the strategy but in the end we knew it would be a big job as when you don't have the right grip it's tough.

"We finished 13th on the road, but the pace was not too bad, particularly at the end. We now need to work back at the factory to understand why it's happening so I can get back in the points again."

Force India boss Dr Vijay Mallya summed-up: "After the various issues we've had over the weekend, it's very satisfying to come away from Turkey with some more points to our name. Adrian drove a great race and richly deserved his points today.

"Tonio has had a harder weekend and we really need to understand why he's not getting the grip he needs to be able to regain his earlier season form. That will be the focus for next week so when we get to Canada we can have a chance at another double points finish. We've also got some work to do on our SRW and when we do, I hope we'll be mixing it again with the top end."

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Race, Adrian Sutil (GER), Force India F1 Team, VJM03 leads Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F10 and Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), BMW Sauber F1 Team, C29
Race, Adrian Sutil (GER), Force India F1 Team, VJM03 leads Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F10 and Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), BMW Sauber F1 Team, C29
Qualifying, Adrian Sutil (GER), Force India F1 Team, VJM03
Qualifying, Adrian Sutil (GER), Force India F1 Team, VJM03
Friday Practice1, Adrian Sutil (GER), Force India F1 Team, VJM03
Saturday Practice, Adrian Sutil (GER), Force India F1 Team, VJM03

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Webbers-da-man - Unregistered

June 01, 2010 3:59 AM

Right on Vets-a-noob re: Liuzzi. Have you noticed di Resta has been fast in both cars in Fridays practise session so the problem is clearly not Liuzzi's car. Time to get di Resta in the seat and collect some decent points for FI instead of snagging up with the cosworths.

Vettels_a_noob - Unregistered

May 31, 2010 10:17 PM

I love to see FI do well, but it seems as if the rate of development is slowing and they are really starting to fall behind renault...cmon guys lets pick it up now!! Sutil has gone up in my opinion, he is a humble driver, and quick, but Liuzzi I can't help but think is struggling behind the wheel of the FI to match Sutils pace in qualy nearly every time bar monaco... I can't help but feel FI should get a better driver in for liuzzi, i'm sure this car has more potential than its currently showing if it was in the right hands!!

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