Sixth place for Vitantonio Liuzzi equalled the best result of his F1 career. But team mate Adrian Sutil had a race to forget.
|Adrian Sutil||Vitantonio Liuzzi|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q1)||1’38.572 (-0.383)||1’38.955|
Salvaged 14th in a difficult qualifying session as Force India continue to struggle with tyre warm-up.
He had brake trouble during the race, leading the stewards to fine him $10,000 for not retiring his car. Sutil went off on the second racing lap trying to pass Nico Hülkenberg, and more scrapes followed.
He changed to intermediates on lap 28 and spun shortly afterwards, without losing any places.
On lap 36 he passed Nick Heidfeld, then dived down the inside of Jenson Button, causing both to run wide and allowing Heidfeld past again.
He re-took Heidfeld on the next lap but then went off at turn four trying to pass Kamui Kobayashi, falling back behind both the Saubers once more. Jaime Alguersuari also got past him.
Sutil demoted Alguersuari at turn one on lap 42. Five laps later he was past Heidfeld for the third time and trying to find a way past Kobayashi. He tried to send the VJM03 down a very tight gap, lost control and whacked the Sauber, damaging his front-right wheel and ending his race.
In addition to the fine the stewards docked him five places on the grid for the Brazilian Grand Prix for causing an avoidable accident:
I was just struggling with my brakes all the time. I had so much brake force that I always locked up and it was hard to drive consistently. There were a lot of times I was off the circuit, or locked up, and then got past a driver and went off the road.
In the end I tried to overtake Kobayashi but lost the car on a patch that was a bit more wet than I expected and went into the side of him. I’m not happy with my performance, it was not a good race for me personally, but I’m pleased that the team did well with Tonio and the sixth position.
Was on course to make an improvement that would have got him into Q2 but suffered understeer as his tyres began to grain towards the end of his last run and missed the cut.
He started 17th thanks to Vitaly Petrov’s penalty, gained several places from drivers who pitted early for intermediates and sustained that advantage when he made his pit stop on lap 31.
Liuzzi passed Kobayashi on lap 36 and took advantage of Rubens Barrichello’s mistake to take sixth at the chequered flag:
Unfortunately we had to do a lot of laps behind the safety car after that but the track was so slippery that it was really hard under braking.
Then at the end it was like a night race without any lights and the steering wheel lights were so bright it was almost dazzling.
Even though there was so little grip I was able to get into a good rhythm and get a great result for the team.
After all the bad luck we’ve had in this part of the year it’s brilliant to be back in business and up there in the points again, extending our advantage over Williams and setting ourselves up well for the last two races.
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