The dust is still yet to settle after the race-ending incident of Jarno Trulli, Adrian Sutil and Fernando Alonso in Brazil at the weekend. All three cars were out of action on the first lap at Interlagos, something which the Italian is particularly angry about.
Having started third and fourth on the grid, Trulli’s Toyota attacked the Force India of Sutil on the outside heading out of Turn 5, the Subida do Lago, before seemingly placing his right-rear wheel onto the grass and spinning into Sutil; with the Toyota heading off into the outside wall at the sixth corner, Ferradura, the German’s car would only come to rest after ploughing across the infield and taking out the Renault of innocent Alonso.
"I’m not angry because of the result but I’m angry because of the manoeuvre which was extremely, extremely dangerous," commented Trulli, who was later fined $10,000 by the FIA for his trackside actions. "We know it’s an easy flat-out corner and he [Sutil] should have given me enough space not to go on the kerbs; we were in sixth gear and were lucky that no-one was injured – it was something really bad.
"I spoke with Fernando straight after crash as he saw the accident from behind," Jarno went on. "He said that Sutil is totally crazy and that what he did was totally crazy because we were probably at 155 to 160 miles an hour, flat-out in sixth gear; it’s a straight, even though it’s a bend, because it’s flat in wet and dry conditions and you can’t just push someone like that – if there was a wall there, I would have hit it straight-on because he sent me over the kerbs."
Although Sutil apologised for any difference Trulli holds, the latter does not feel a confession can be accepted. "Well, I think he really thought I was stupid," Jarno continued, "but the problem is that he pulled onto the inside to protect himself because he knew the speed difference as he had a problem with the car in front; when that happens, the first thing you do is look in the mirror and protect yourself, as you know that someone is going to come."
With Trulli stressing that the incident was ‘unacceptable’ and that a possible podium finish was lost for Toyota, he concluded by mentioning that such moments are now likely to be a topic of discussion in the meetings of the Grands Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA), of which Alonso is a Director.
It’s not the only time that Sutil and Trulli have collided this season; Sutil was taken out by a wayward Trulli on the opening lap of the Spanish GP (below) – ironically, Sutil had cut Turns 1 and 2 to avoid any accident and promptly got involved in one anyway!