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GP Week : Issue 12
FORCE India’s Adrian Sutil has spoken of his huge disappointment at being punted out of fourth position at the Monaco Grand Prix. The German, who had gambled on a one-stop strategy, had set some of the fastest laps of the race to keep world champion Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari at bay, but was taken out by the wayward Finn under braking for Nouvelle Chicane after the final Safety Car period. “I’m just disappointed,” he told journalists after the race. “It’s hurting so much because we did a great race. We did no mistakes, we did a perfect strategy, everything went well and we did fastest lap many times during the race and the performance was great. “For Force India it was an absolute highlight of the year, so it just ended very sad. Everybody was close to crying because it’s just such a [bad] situation. Kimi had problems under braking and crashed into my rear and destroyed my race, and all the work we did in the race was for nothing in the end.” Sutil confirmed that Raikkonen had apologised for the incident, and the stewards later decided to award no penalty against the World Champion for his faux pas. “He apologised so he’s a great sportsman and a very good driver. I have to accept it. It can happen to everybody. I have to live with it. It was a racing accident. He was not braking too late and touching my car, he just lost the car. The conditions were very tricky.” Sutil, nevertheless, could see that, while the end result was a huge disappointment, he had at least shown his worth at one of the most difficult circuits of the season. “It was a big boost and very good for my self confidence. I started the season with some problems but in the last races it went always better and better and especially here in Monaco on my favourite track, everything was perfect. Qualifying was not that great but better than the last races and the race was just fantastic.” Sutil didn’t just have the disappointment of a missed opportunity to contend with, however. After the race it was revealed that he had also been called before the stewards and reprimanded for passing under yellow flags. Sutil so close BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica has said he still does not see himself as a championship challenger, despite yet another superb drive to second position, which saw him beat far more fancied opposition. The Pole, who earlier in the weekend had told journalists that he felt McLaren and Ferrari were pulling away from BMW, told the media after the Grand Prix that despite the mathematical chances of him fighting for the championship lead, he is not getting carried away. “I’m trying to do my best,” he said. “We also have to see that if in Australia I had finished, we would have at least six points more and the worst race result would be fourth place, so I don’t think that’s bad. But to be honest, we are there with such a lot of points because we are the most consistent team and driver in the championship. “I have been taking the maximum from the car in every race, I think and maybe some qualifying laps like the second run here was not the best one, but I still managed to stay very close to McLaren and Ferrari, which was not easy. Kubica pointed to the fact that his BMW-Sauber had not handled exactly as he had been expecting in Monaco for his surprise at a podium, but was nevertheless delighted with the result. “I think our car here was not what we were expecting, at least what I was expecting, looking at last year’s performance, last year’s experience. I would even risk saying that we had a better car here last year than this year. But still, the circumstances were good for us. I did a very good race, I think with a lot of miracles to bring the car home and second place is a great result for myself and for the team.” Kubica: I’m not in title fight 28