Sutil says he has no issues with Raikkonen


Adrian Sutil

Sutil, running second, was exiting the pit in Nurburgring when Raikkonen’s Ferrari bruised his VJM02 and knocked off the front wing to nix his point hopes.

The Force India driver said he discussed the issue with the Finn and there was no hard feeling. “We spoke about it, and everybody agreed it’s a race incident,” Sutil said.

The youngster, however, conceded that the crash denied him and his team their maiden Formula One points.

“It’s a shame as at that time, I was just behind (Felipe) Massa, who went on to finish third. Obviously some drivers made good progress in the second half of the race, so I think seventh or eighth position would have been possible. I think points, definitely,” Sutil said.
Sutil said after Massa went past, he knew Raikkonen was coming behind but still could not avoid the contact.

“I knew he was there as my engineer had told me to watch the white line and that he was coming when I was on the way out of the pit lane. I entered the corner first. Kimi tried on the outside, which was OK. But there was plenty more space -- he could have gone to the side, because I was on new tyres and it was really slippery,” Sutil said.

“I couldn’t have made any crazy moves, otherwise I would have lost my car. When you see my on-board I took the corner normally, I tried to push to be able to have a good exit, but I was quite limited when I was already on the inside for the braking for Turn One,” Sutil said.

“If I didn’t try to accelerate out of the corner, it’s not racing any more, I might well have just waved him by and said come on, pass me please. You have to defend your position,” added Sutil.

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