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Sutil disappointed with Vettel

Adrian Sutil hits out at Sebastian Vettel's move for position in the closing stages at Silverstone
Adrian Sutil has hit out at Sebastian Vettel over the Red Bull driver's late move for seventh place in the British Grand Prix.

Vettel had been forced into a recovery drive after being delayed by his puncture on the opening lap of the race and was able to close up the rest of the field thanks to a mid-race Safety Car period – ironically caused by Sutil running into the rear of Pedro de la Rosa's Sauber.

Vettel made his way into the points and was running in eighth palace behind Sutil heading into the penultimate lap of the race.

Diving down the inside in the Arena section of the circuit, Vettel clattered into the side of the Force India while making the move and went on to the finish in seventh, leaving a disappointed Sutil in eighth.

Sutil has earlier been involved in a frantic battle with countryman Michael Schumacher and was forced to defend from the Mercedes man through the final lap having been slowed while Vettel made his move for position.

“It was fun and quite an interesting race,” he said. “We started on the hard tyre as we wanted to try a long stint at the start but it was not really possible as the tyres didn't behave well at the beginning. I didn't have enough grip on the car so we came in to do an early stop and go on the soft tyre, so really the opposite strategy to everyone else. It worked well although the last ten laps were tough. But we managed it and there were some really good fights with Schumacher and then Vettel.

“It was good racing and I defended my position well against Vettel until the final lap, but then he just seemed to drive into me and I lost the racing line and had to move over. Otherwise I don't think he would have got past me. All the same eighth position was a good result in the end, it's more points and it keeps that momentum going. I'm really looking forward to my home Grand Prix in Germany next.”



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Friday Practice 1, Adrian Sutil (GER), Force India F1 Team, VJM03
Friday Practice 2, Adrian Sutil (GER), Force India F1 Team, VJM03
Saturday Practice, Adrian Sutil (GER), Force India F1 Team, VJM03
French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Pirelli 2017 tyre test [Credit: Pirelli]
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27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Start of the race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12 leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
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27.11.2016 - Race, 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H

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mr dood - Unregistered

July 12, 2010 6:42 PM

richard, what are you talking about? It's called defending, not blocking. Sutil never blocked, he just held the inside line very well every time. Very, very well actually, to keep Vettel at bay for so long. In the end, Vettel barged through all elbows, and it was actually therefore Vettel who risked both cars crashing.



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