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GP Week : Issue 93
Renault pit lane blunder destroys Sutil's race RENAULT released Robert Kubica just as Adrian Sutil swung into the neighbouring Force India pit and the pair collided. Renault was subsequently fined $50,000, and Kubica was handed an ultimately worthless 10-second stop-go penalty, given he was already a lap down and out of the points. "The Safety Car came out and I got called into the pits," recalls Sutil. "I was driving into my area when suddenly the Renault came out in front of me. There wasn't anything I could do -- they released him into my path and I just crashed into him and my car was damaged too badly to continue. "It was definitely unsafe from their part. A real shame it's my first DNF since Australia and it's even more disappointing as it for sure wasn't our issue. Kubica retired shortly after the incident: "We were concerned about the loads the suspension had seen and whether there was damage, so we decided to stop the car on safety grounds," said chief race engineer Alan Permane. Alonso pleased with second ... but yearns for more pace FERNANDO Alonso says that despite Ferrari's upsurge in competitiveness, and a well-earned second place adding handsomely to his points tally, the pace of the Red Bulls was scary and the Scuderia need to push harder. "We were clearly slower than both of them all weekend," said Alonso. "It was no surprise in the race. "We felt very slow today compared to them but thanks maybe to the layout of the track and difficulties to overtake we were able to stay consistent and finish in second. It's good for us but we know we need to improve race pace and qualifying pace. This time we were not quick enough to fight with Red Bull so we need to be realistic about what we did. "It's a fantastic result on Sunday but overall we need to push and to keep improving the car as we saw this weekend." Alonso says third position was there rightful place but, thanks to Vettel's error, the team was able to capitalize. "Third place was our deserved place. We have been third mainly in free practice, Q1, Q2 and Q3 so third was what we expected from the race. The car did a very good start today to arrive first into the first corner so I nearly had the chance to overtake both Red Bulls, but in the end it was not possible, just enough to put myself second. "I tried to pit and to secure second place and then Mark did a fantastic first stint, 40 laps with soft tyre and no problems at all, that maybe surprised us and we were not quick enough to make our strategy work. When you have the pace advantage that Red Bull had then any strategy works." 30