Adrian Sutil slams unfair penalty for ignoring blue flags at Canada

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Adrian Sutil has voiced dissatisfaction with the race stewards after he was struck with a drive-thru penalty during the latter stages of the Canadian Grand Prix for allegedly ignoring blue flags, a penalty which subsequently lost him two positions and three valuable points.

Despite enjoying a relatively competitive qualifying session ahead of the 70-lap Canadian Grand Prix, Adrian Sutil found himself embroiled in an incident-filled opening few laps of the race. As he battled for position with the Williams of Valtteri Bottas, Adrian Sutil was tipped into a perilous spin at Turn 3. Luckily the German managed to avoiding collecting either the barriers of another driver, however only several corners later he was struck by the other Williams of Pastor Maldonado who misjudged his braking for the Turn 10 hairpin.

Subsequently Pastor Maldonado was issued with a drive-thru penalty for causing an incident, however Adrian Sutil was forced to pit shortly after. Despite rising steadily through the order throughout the remainder of the race, his hard efforts were undone on Lap 61 when he was struck with a drive-thru penalty of his own after he allegedly ignored blue flags. This naturally infuriated the Force India returnee, who felt the decision was completely unfair by the race stewards.

“That race was quite an adventure so it’s good to come away with a point given everything that happened.” Explained Adrian Sutil, “I had a spin when I tried to overtake Bottas, which cost me quite a few positions and I was lucky nobody hit me when I was in the middle of the track. I dropped back and the pack was bunched together, which is when Maldonado ran into the back of me and damaged my rear wing. Even with all those things I was running in 8th until the drive-through penalty. I don’t think it was a fair penalty because I too had to lap so many cars today and it sometimes took one or two laps, and that’s normal for this circuit. The penalty cost me two positions and three points.”

In contrary to Adrian Sutil’s frustrating Canadian Grand Prix, team-mate Paul di Resta managed to master a one-stop strategy to rise from 17th on the grid to 7th at the checkered flag. The Scotsman endured yet another frustrating qualifying performance around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, however a combination of decent tyre conservation enabled the 27-year-old to finish well within the points.

“To finish the race in 7th having started 17th is a great result and a top job by the team.” Enthused Paul di Resta, “I didn’t manage to get any long run data on Friday so it feels extra sweet to make this one-stop strategy work with a very long stint on the mediums. It also feels good to come back so strong after a difficult qualifying session. The tyres lasted very well, the lap times were competitive and the team told me it was my decision about when to make my stop. As soon as I felt the tyres starting to drop off, I came in. Then it was a case of looking after the super-softs for the final few laps.”

With McLaren failing to score a single World Championship point for the first time since the 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Force India has managed to further increase their lead over the Woking-based outfit in the Constructors’ Championship with a competitive double-points finish. Force India will unquestionably be striving to replicate such successes next time out at the British Grand Prix, around their home circuit at Silverstone.

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