After securing his maiden top ten starting position, the German Grand Prix could not have went any worse for Adrian Sutil and Force India. On course for the team’s first points finish, the young German collided with Kimi Raikkonen as he emerged into the first corner after his first pit stop and damaged his front wing.
The race faired better for Giancarlo Fisichella who made amends for his poor qualifying display with a storming drive up to 11th position and just out of the points.
However the monkey still remains on the back of the Force India as they head to Hungary in search of finally securing those much needed points.
Adrian Sutil – 15th: “We shouldn’t be that disappointed with this result as we have had a good weekend and the next one will come very soon. All our development shows we are on the right track and that we are much more competitive. It was a good race for me: the start was a bit difficult but I lost just one position. In the first stint I did really well and it was looking very promising as I was up to second by my first stop. When I went out of the pit lane I saw Kimi coming on the outside of the corner and I just tried to hold my line but he went to the outside and I touched him and lost part of my front wing. That’s really when I thought the race was over for the points as I had to come back in. I kept pushing hard though as you never know what will happen. Overall I think we’ve learnt a lot; it’s the first time starting in the top 10 and it’s a different race up there! It’s been a good push for everyone in the team to get some more development so we can finally get some points.”
Giancarlo Fisichella – 11th: “After the qualifying I had yesterday, I thought it would be a difficult race but I really enjoyed it and again got close to the points. I had a good start and overtook a lot of cars in the opening laps. I could catch and pass people quite easily, although I started to get a lot of graining on the softer tyres near the end of the first stint. On the second stint it was again quite good and then right at the end of the race I was really catching the group in front. Perhaps with a few extra laps I could have found a way past a couple more to try and challenge Kovalainen for eighth. I think we can be quite happy with this weekend, even if again we didn’t get any points. We’ve taken a step forward and with some more developments coming through I think we could really have some more great races.”
Dr Vijay Mallya, chairman and team principal: “It’s been largely all good this weekend and again I am very proud of the team and both our drivers. From free practice onwards we have shown a big step forward and our performance has been very competitive. It’s just a shame that after such a great weekend performance that we don’t have any points to show for it. Both that’s motorsport – these incidents happen. The next race is only in a couple of weeks so we’ll refocus on this and try to finish the job in Hungary.”