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Sutil: P9 the most we could have hoped for
31 May 2010
Force India F1 team's Adrian Sutil bounced back from a disappointing qualifying session to score two more points in Turkey.
Sutil, who started eleventh, eventually came home in ninth place, the fourth time this year he has finished in the top-ten.
The German had a good start and made up one place. Early on he was battling with Fernando Alonso and Kamui Kobayashi, however a slight delay in his pit stop cost him three seconds and dropped him back. Sutil continued to push though and ultimately passed Kobayashi on lap 50. He also gained a place when Vitaly Petrov had to pit with a puncture four laps later.
"It was a good race in the end, I enjoyed it," Sutil said. "I had a good start and first lap and the only real downside was the pit stop when we lost a few seconds at a crucial time. That's where I lost two positions and had to fight back past Kobayashi. I was quite lucky then to benefit from the tussle between [Mark] Webber and [Sebastian] Vettel and then Alonso and Petrov to make up some places. Ninth position after the weekend we've had is the most we could have done.
"OK, we probably lost a position due to the time lost in the stop but at this stage any points are good. We still have some developments coming for the next race and our next task is to use the SRW [switchable rear wing – our version of McLaren's F-duct] on my car - and once we get these done I think it will be looking really good for the next few races."
Team-mate Vitantonio Liuzzi meanwhile wasn't quite so fortune and having only qualified 18th, he came home 13th.
"It was a long race, but we knew we would have a difficult one after the qualifying yesterday," said the Italian. "We realised that we are struggling with the car and I still don't have the grip. I tried to push hard at the beginning with the strategy but in the end we knew it would be a big job as when you don't have the right grip it's tough.
"We finished 13th on the road, but the pace was not too bad, particularly at the end. We now need to work back at the factory to understand why it's happening so I can get back in the points again."
Force India boss Dr Vijay Mallya summed-up: "After the various issues we've had over the weekend, it's very satisfying to come away from Turkey with some more points to our name. Adrian drove a great race and richly deserved his points today.
"Tonio has had a harder weekend and we really need to understand why he's not getting the grip he needs to be able to regain his earlier season form. That will be the focus for next week so when we get to Canada we can have a chance at another double points finish. We've also got some work to do on our SRW and when we do, I hope we'll be mixing it again with the top end."
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