Force India F1 team's Adrian Sutil has been handed a 20-second penalty following the Singapore Grand Prix today.
Sutil had finished eighth, but the stewards later ruled that he had gained an unfair advantage on the opening lap by cutting turn 7. Sutil initially dropped to tenth, but following a protest by his team, Nico Hulkenberg was given a similar penalty and thus Sutil actually ends up in ninth.
to news of his punishment, the German had been pleased with his race, especially after he started down in 15th: “It was a really hard race today, in the heat and the humidity and having to race the whole way - I always had a car following really closely behind! Starting from 15th on the grid, I think this was the maximum we could have done. It's a fantastic result, particularly after the disappointment yesterday,” Sutil noted.
“I said before it is very important to score every single point we can so we can keep ahead of Williams in the constructors' championship.
“That's why I tried so hard to keep [Nico] Hulkenberg behind - any points we get are very important. We now go onto Suzuka, one of my favourite tracks, where I'll try my best to keep everything on track until the end of the season.”
Meanwhile, Vitantonio Liuzzi failed to finish in the sister VJM03, after an incident on the first lap broke his right rear suspension.
“It was a difficult first lap. I had a good start and I was trying to overtake [Nick] Heidfeld, who went straight on into turn seven side by side with Adrian. I was holding my line but after the corner they both came back on the line and I was squeezed into the wall,” said the Italian.
“I had some contact with Heidfeld and damaged the front wing a little and then I must have cracked the rear suspension as well as the lap after it broke completely and I lost the rear end.
“It's really disappointing as looking at how the race developed I think we could have picked up a good finish. Anyway, it will be onto Japan now where I hope we can have a much better race.”