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Sutil 'unintentionally' injures Renault boss in nightclub fracas

“Qualifying went well, and twelfth position was not too bad. Before the race, we knew we had to hope for a lucky race – maybe some retirements in front of us – and then we could score points. There were no problems or mistakes from the team or myself and we did the optimum strategy, but the pace was not there. That's why I actually lost one place and finished 13th after [Kamui] Kobayashi came all the way from the back.

“I think the strategy was the right one. Paul [di Resta – team-mate] was actually trying a four-stop before he retired, and he would have been behind me by ten-to-15 seconds out of the pits. Maybe he would have gained a little bit back in the end, but I'm pretty sure my strategy was the right one.

“[With the Pirelli tyres] there are always some lessons, some learning curves that you go into. Turkey was again something different, with people doing four stops. The soft tyre was the tyre to be on; the hard didn't really work for us. It was a bit slower on lap time and the drop-off was quite big, with a lot of understeer that made the car undriveable through Turn Eight. It all makes it very interesting, of course, and freshens up the races.

“I had a lot of fights, and that's why I enjoyed my day! With both Sauber drivers I had a lot of fights. I was also chasing Rubens [Barrichello], and I passed Michael [Schumacher] once. There were always some cars in front and behind, so you had to really attack and defend quite a lot. It was a good race – I really enjoyed it.”

Acknowledging that whilst he has retained his 100 per cent finishing record this season to-date, 'we need more points', Sutil went on to assess the Silverstone-based squad's prospects for the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, where the team will introduce some major updates in the guise of its evolved 2011 aerodynamic concept.

“It's a nice circuit,” he mused, “but I've driven there so many times, it gets a little bit boring! I'm quite confident, though. [The upgrade] looks promising. It will be a big step if it works, and that's what we need right now.”

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06.05.2011- Friday Practice 1, Adrian Sutil (GER), Force India F1 Team, VJM04
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May 12, 2011 2:53 PM

Whatever occurred, it seems the two gentlemen have chosen to resolve it between themselves. I don't think any of us are in a position to start making judgments about the matter based on the extremely limited, vague and almost certainly unreliable information in this article.

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