Liuzzi grabs precious points as puncture hobbles Sutil (Force India race review)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Liuzzi and Massa tangle on the first lap
Liuzzi and Massa tangle on the first lap

The Force India duo had an eventful race, swapping positions twice on-track without coming to blow. Having started fifth and ninth the team clearly hoped for a better finish than ninth and tenth.

But after Vitantonio Liuzzi’s tangle with Felipe Massa at the start, and Adrian Sutil’s puncture, they can count themselves fortunate to have brought home any points.

They came thanks to last-lap passes by both their drivers on Michael Schumacher.

Adrian Sutil Vitantonio Liuzzi
Qualifying position 9 5
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’15.881 (+0.233) 1’15.648
Race position 10 9
Average race lap 1’22.377 (+0.02) 1’22.357
Laps 69/70 69/70
Pit stops 2 2

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Adrian Sutil

Out-qualified by his team mate for only the second time this year having struggled to get heat into his tyres for his final run in Q3.

Sutil steered clear of the mayhem at the start and ran seventh behind Robert Kubica. Trying to pass the Renault on lap 27, Kubica swerved around the Force India to head into the pits, clipping the right-rear tyre as he went.

Sutil picked up a puncture from the contact had to complete an entire lap on the disintegrating tyre, losing 45 seconds. Kubica was later reprimanded for the move.

Sutil came out in front of his team mate, who passed him, but Sutil reversed the move at the start of lap 29. However he was unable to keep Massa behind, who lunged past while Sutil hesitated in traffic on lap 54.

Five laps later Liuzzi came past him as well in a move the TV cameras seemed to miss. Sutil capitalised on Liuzzi’s last-lap attack on Schumacher to follow his team mate past the Mercedes to claim the final point.

Compare Adrian Sutil’s form against his team mate in 2010

Vitantonio Liuzzi

A badly-needed result, albeit one that didn’t look very likely at the end of lap one.

Having switched chassis for this race Liuzzi edged Sutil by 0.2s in qualifying to take sixth on the grid – which became a career-best fifth after Mark Webber’s demotion.

Massa came around the outside of Liuzzi at the first corner and squeezed him hard – the pair made contact several times which resulted in Liuzzi being tipped into a spin at the hairpin with his front wing in pieces. At the end of lap one he was 49 seconds behind – and there would be no safety car to help him catch up.

Liuzzi made light work of the slower cars and arrived behind his delayed team mate at the mid-point of the race. He could do little to prevent the recovering Massa from getting by but was promoted to 11th when the Ferrari driver had his run-in with Schumacher.

Liuzzi passed Sutil and then spent the final laps putting pressure on Schumacher. The Mercedes was braking early and cutting chicanes but Liuzzi avoided getting sucked into a collision and barged Schumacher aside on the final lap for ninth place.

Compare Vitantonio Liuzzi’s form against his team mate in 2010

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