Adrian Sutil, Sauber, Bahrain International Circuit, 2014

Sutil moved to back of grid for impeding Grosjean

2014 Bahrain Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Adrian Sutil, Sauber, Bahrain International Circuit, 2014Adrian Sutil will start the Bahrain Grand Prix from last place after being handed a penalty for holding up Romain Grosjean during qualifying.

The Sauber driver was handed a five-placed penalty which demotes him to last on the grid. Sutil was also given two penalty points on his licence.

The stewards ruled he “forced car eight [Grosjean] off the track between turns 13 and 14 in an unsafe manner.”

Sutil originally qualified in 18th place.

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29 comments on “Sutil moved to back of grid for impeding Grosjean”

    1. To be fair, I think even had Sauber been able to get Sirotkin a super license, I would of picked Sutil over him any day of the week.. Over the course of a season, I can’t see Sirotkin being the more reliable driver.

  1. On German TV Sutil said he didn’t make it to Q2 because Grojean was the one who impeded him. That and because he has extra kilos on his teammate. I think he can’t cope with the fact that the young guy beats him.
    Also, to put in comparison, Hülkenberg said on TV that he didn’t make it to Q1 because his lap was just not good enough. No excuses, took the responsibility. I think that makes the difference between an average driver and an excellent one.

    1. @chebeto
      I’m not defending Sutil’s driving abilities but I think he and some other heavier drivers are consumed by the fact that they do have a slight handicap. Two team mates could have the same driving style, same skills, same endurance but guess who will come ahead? The car with the lighter weight. The problem with these cars is that drivers are not able to take the to the limit, so even if Sutil was that good and wanted to use his additional muscle mass as an advantage, he can’t.

  2. I supported Still during his years in Force India, always expecting something good from him, never got any. But after leaving FI and his comments that it was FI’s fault that he couldn’t get podiums and Sauber can, I lost all respect for him. I really don’t think he ll last this year. And I won’t mind that.

  3. in those 20 pre-season queastion i said he’d be the first driver to be replaced or substututed for a race.
    if he doesn’t step his game up, it will probably come true.

  4. I used to be a Sutil fan and had hopes he would do better if he just had the right opportunity. OK, it was denial and he’s a pud. Everything is always someone else’s fault. His driving, his actions at night clubs, whatever. He needs to go find something else to do for a living.

  5. So Sutil impedes a driver, and his penalty is being made to start 22nd instead of 18th!! Ricciardo does nothing wrong (his team stuffed up), and he gets a stop-go AND a 10 place grid penalty!! What a joke!

  6. Good. When I saw what he did it actually shocked me. Forced Grosjean to the right, and then kept forcing him right until he was off the track. Very very poor driving.

    Johnny Cecotto Jr. would’ve been proud.

  7. When i first saw this I was very surprised, its not something you expect to see in Qualy, more of a defensive race manouvre. I am now even more surprised by his defense of his manouvre by suggesting that GRO had held him up, that’s not what I saw from the footage.

  8. former champion Alan Jones on Australian tv said he saw it as sutil just moving off the racing line to let grosjean through, but grosjean chose to go up the inside to pass, so maybe it was a misjudgement. I don’t think there was any malice in it.

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