Adrian Sutil rightly has pointed the finger at Heikki Kovalainen for the clash which saw both men lose positions in the Japanese Grand Prix. Whilst squabbling over sixth place, the Force India passed the McLaren at the Casio Triangle chicane on lap 13 before contact in the second part of the corner saw the German’s car spin.
With championship leader Jenson Button waiting in the wings at the moment of the clash, the Englishman’s typical 2009 luck fell into his lap by being able to gain two places at the time.

"It was a really disappointing race," commented Sutil, who was involved in a collision for the second time in a week, after being fined and reprimanded by the Singapore GP stewards for colliding with Heidfeld.

"The start was okay and I kept my position but then I fell back to ninth and got caught behind Kovalainen. I got past him at the chicane but then he cut back across, I spun and lost a lot of time – that was really the end of the race for me; when that happens it’s obviously very disappointing, as I thought we could have done really well today and scored some points."

Not surprisingly, the Finn believes that it was the German who was in the wrong.
"I’m a bit disappointed with my result," said Heikki, who eventually finished 11th and out of the points.

"Adrian tried to make a move but only went halfway, so I was able to stay beside him. When he tried to turn in, I was already on the kerb and I had no more room to avoid him, so I had to lean on him and that was more a problem for him."

Given that Felipe Massa was penalised for a near-identical incident on Lewis Hamilton at last year’s Japanese GP, it was a big surprise that Heikki was not awarded the same penalty for the same incident…

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.