Force India was left to rue a missed chance at Hockenheim after confusion in the pits after the opening lap ruined the German Grand Prix for both Adrian Sutil and Tonio Liuzzi.
The pair were starting well down the order after a tough qualifying session with the two drivers making contact on the opening lap.
Sutil had already taken the decision to pit at the end of the opening lap if he wasn't able to make up places from 19th on the grid in order to be able to run in clear air, but Liuzzi also decided to pit as he believed he had damaged the front wing of his car.
Unfortunately, the confusion that followed in the pits saw Sutil leave the pits with Liuzzi's tyres on his car with Liuzzi then being fitted with tyres that should have gone on Sutil's car.
That led to the two drivers being forced to pit again and ruined the race for both, with Liuzzi ending up 16th and Sutil one spot further back in 17th.
“What can we say, it's been a very disappointing weekend,” Sutil said. “The first lap I had some contact with Tonio and lost some positions. It was always our strategy that, if after the start I had not made up places, I would pit on the first lap to change to the prime tyres and make up positions when other cars stopped later on.
“It was a good plan as you have nothing to lose when you are that far down, but there was some confusion in the stop. Tonio had radioed to say he was coming in for a front wing change and as we both arrived at the same time the tyre sets got mixed up and then I had to come in and pit again to get the correct set. Once they were on I got going and I could get quite far up the field but then I had to stop when the set went off.
“This weekend we've just not been quick enough but we feel it's just a blip and not anything too serious - at some races you just don't run well, so it's best to write it off and look forward to the next races.”
Team CEO Otmar Szafnauer admitted that the race was one that the team now needs to simply put behind it and focus on the positives ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix next weekend.
“We had some issues in practice, which meant qualifying was not ideal, and in trying to be aggressive at the start we had a coming together, which in turn led to the confusion in the stops,” he said. “We will draw a line under it and focus on the new developments we have coming and we can take away some positives - we ran at a strong pace on both cars when they were fighting for position and we ran reliably in the race yet again.”
The team was later handed a reprimand for the incident.