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GP Week : Issue 195
Adrian Sutil – Force India Adrian sutil was forced to take an early bath after crashing out on the first lap of sunday’s us Grand Prix, the Force India driver making contact with the Williams of Pastor Maldonado and proving to be the only casualty of a largely uneventful race. sutil was faced with an uphill slog heading into sunday’s race, the 30-year-old starting sixteenth on the grid after a difficult qualifying session during which he failed to make it beyond the initial 20-minute session. Following the difficult qualifying, the German was banking on a good start and clever strategy to help him move up the order and hopefully into the points. But his race lasted barely a few corners as his left rear wheel made contact with Maldonado’s right front as the two cars headed down the long straight towards Turn 12, the Force India spinning into the barriers and bringing out the safety Car. sutil, clearly frustrated at his early exit from the race, pinned the blame for the incident squarely on Maldonado: “For some reason I got hit on the straight from Maldonado on my left rear tyre and lost control completely. He spun me around and I crashed into the barrier, which is a shame because it's a very wide track here and there's no reason to collide on a straight line. “It's always hard to say whose fault it is, but I was on my line and didn't do any crazy moves. There was a lot of space on the left and on the right and I don't understand why someone is so close to a car that he actually hits you. It's not as if we were side-by-side. His front tyre hit my rear axle and although it was a little touch at 330km/h you don't want to have those things. “I lost my race because of that. We've had many incidents with this driver so maybe you just have to have an emergency area around him to avoid these kinds of things.” Down and out at COTA 35 GPWEEK.com // 35 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> UNITED STATES