Adrian Sutil unhappy with Pastor Maldonado and stewards after up-and-down Canadian GP
But German concedes his early spin led to late troubles
By Pete Gill
Last Updated: 10/06/13 12:59pm
The German driver's Canadian GP was a self-described "adventure" from start to finish. Having been fortunate to survive a spin induced by an attempt to round Valtteri Bottas during the opening stages, Sutil's Force India was then damaged when rammed from behind by the FW35 of Maldonado, before a drive-through penalty for ignoring blue flags saw him demoted to tenth at the chequered flag.
"I saw a chance to overtake Bottas after he had a bad exit out of turn two. We were side-by-side but I was on the kerb and it spun me around. It was a racing incident - unlucky, but lucky because I was able to turn the car around and go on," Sutil explained to Sky Sports F1.
"Then I was in the back of the field and Maldonado missed his braking point - again, as he always does - and he hit my rear. That had a big effect with damage on my car.
"And then I was quite disappointed with the drive-through. I was just racing [Kimi] Raikkonen, trying to push on. I tried to give them the straight to pass me, and that is where Hamilton overtook me with the DRS as well. I thought 'ok, they were behind me for one lap, but that's usual around this type of circuit'.
"I've spent many laps behind lapped cars until I got past. It's just so inconsistent from the FIA and something I don't understand."
But while irritated with both the stewards and the mistake of Maldonado, for which the South American received a drive-through penalty of his own, Sutil was quick to admit that he had been the ultimate architect of his own undoing.
"In the end, it was a simple mistake. Without the spin, I wouldn't have had problems so it was my mistake," he conceded.