The German driver blocked Hamilton during the second qualifying session, although the Brit blames his own driving rather than getting held up as the cause for his failure to make it through to the top 10 shoot-out.
Hamilton’s run of four consecutive pole positions was broken after he ruined his first run in Q2 after an off-track excursion at the Parabolica. His second lap wasn’t helped by the impeding by Sutil but the 28-year-old conceded that it was his own fault.
Sutil was summoned to the steward’s office shortly after qualifying where he was given the three-place grid penalty. He had qualified 14th on the grid after a tough session for his Force India team.
The report from the stewards read: “The Stewards determined the impeding was not intentional however it is the responsibility of the driver to be aware of the approaching car.”
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