Force India drivers warned after clash
The pair clashed at the exit of turn 14 on the first lap. This forced Paul Di Resta onto the grass, causing him to lose several places. The incident delayed the Scott and meant he could not finish any higher than eighth in the race.
Adrian Sutil retired from the race after being hit by the Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez a few laps later.
Bob Fernley, Force India’s Team Principal, told Autosport “We just need to sit them down and go through the video because it’s not really what we need to be doing on the first lap,”
“They are both good enough, and just need to sort it out between them.
“I don’t think it’s difficult to manage it, we just need to make sure they clearly understand that it’s not acceptable, not on the first lap.”
He admitted at the time of talking to Autosport that he had yet to look closely at the footage, so he was not 100% sure who was to blame. However he did cite from his first impressions that Sutil should have given Di Resta more room.
“You can have things happen when you get pushed into positions [that you don’t want to be in] and we need to understand it fully ourselves,”
“But I suspect that Adrian got catapulted off the kerb, something like that happened so he didn’t give Paul enough room there.”
He added that whilst the incident did delay Di Resta, the Scott still strongly recovered. “It could have cost us more dearly, but fortunately it was a good, well-run race,”
“It was a hard race, but we managed to pull Paul back through and the strategy worked. We targeted seventh, and without the first lap incident we could have got Jenson [Button] as well.”
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