The handbags at dawn looks set to continue…
After fiercely arguing trackside at Interlagos and then in the stewards’ room, hostilities resumed between Jarno Trulli and Adrian Sutil in the FIA press conference on Thursday.
The start of the Brazilian Grand Prix saw Mark Webber move over and block Kimi Raikkonen forcing the chasing Sutil to back off. Looking to take advantage, Trulli tried to pass the Force India driver around the outside at turn five, resulting in the two drivers colliding and then a heated trackside debate.
Two weeks later in Abu Dhabi, Trulli and Sutil are still at odds, with neither willing to accept responsibility for the incident that also resulted in the retirement of Fernando Alonso.
"I’ve got all the evidence to show I was there and was next to him, and tomorrow we are going to discuss it," said Trulli, as he waved about photos of the incident and referred to the regular pre-race drivers’ briefing.
Sutil reiterated that he did not feel at fault for the crash. "It’s not my problem,” he said. “It’s his problem. I don’t know why he’s freaking out like that to be honest.”
Trulli hit back: "I don’t know if you’re blind, but I can clearly show you my front wing is next to your front wing."
The tit-for-tat exchange continued, with Sutil quipping: "I don’t know how long you need to learn this…"
Hats off to whoever in Formula One Management (FOM) decided to schedule an official press conference with the two of them in the same room!