The Canadian Grand Prix
on Sunday was not the dream race that Adrian Sutil
had been hoping for, in what was Force India's 100th Grand Prix weekend since they joined F1 on the grid for the 2008 Australian GP.
It had looked promising enough when the German driver had secured eighth place on the grid in qualifying the day before, but Sutil's problems started early when he was among a number of drivers bunched up behind the slow-moving Valtteri Bottas.
The Finn had locked up a stunning third place on the grid in the cold, wet conditions on Saturday, but come a dry and much warmer race day the Williams
was clearly out of its depth and falling back rapidly in the early laps, creating a bottle neck of frustrated drivers trying to get past. When it came to Sutil's chance to have a go, Bottas squeezed the door shut going into turn 3 and a committed Sutil was sent spinning over the grass.
"I saw a chance to overtake Bottas after he had a bad exit out of turn two. We were side-by-side but I was on the kerb and it spun me around," explaining Sutil, who didn't blame Bottas for holding his ground.
"It was a racing incident," he said. "In the end, it was a simple mistake. Without the spin, I wouldn't have had problems so it was my mistake,"
"[It] cost me quite a few positions and I was lucky nobody hit me when I was in the middle of the track," he added, summarising the whole incident as "unlucky, but lucky - because I was able to turn the car around and go on."
It did lose him a lot of track position before he was able to get underway, however, and that left him in the middle of traffic that included Bottas' team mate Pastor Maldonado.
"I dropped back and the pack was bunched together, which is when Maldonado ran into the back of me and damaged my rear wing," he explained. "Maldonado missed his braking point - again, as he always does - and he hit my rear. That had a big effect with damage on my car."
Inevitably the reduced pace of the Force India
left him susceptible to being lapped by race leader Sebastian Vettel
later in the race, and shortly afterwards Sutil found himself being shown blue flags to let the battle for second place between Lewis Hamilton
and Fernando Alonso