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Sutil lashes out at Maldonado and race stewards

Before he could do so, Sutil inadvertently allowed the approaching Hamilton to gain a DRS activation that helped him stay ahead of Alonso for a few more laps - and as a result, the race stewards pounced and handed Sutil a drive-thru for not reacting fast enough to the blue flags.

I was quite disappointed with the drive-through. I was just racing Raikkonen, trying to push on. I tried to give them the straight to pass me, and that is where Hamilton overtook me with the DRS as well. I thought 'Okay, they were behind me for one lap, but that's usual around this type of circuit'.

"I don't think it was a fair penalty because I too had to lap so many cars today," he said. "It sometimes took one or two laps, and that's normal for this circuit. The penalty cost me two positions and three points."

Despite all the problems he'd experienced during the afternoon, Sutil still came hom in the points in tenth place at the flag. With his team mate Paul di Resta finishing in seventh after an impressive 56-lap stint on the medium tyres, it turned out to be a good day for the Force India team on their centenary weekend in F1.

“It's great to see both our cars in the points at our 100th Grand Prix. It brings our tally to 51 points and strengthens our fifth position in the championship," said deputy team principal Bob Fernley. "Adrian's afternoon was rather more eventful [than Paul's], but it was a disappointment to pick up the penalty in the closing laps so it's something we need to review.

"Overall I think we should be pleased with the outcome after a challenging weekend," he added. "The car remains competitive and we can hopefully carry our form into our local race at Silverstone at the end of the month."



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