Adrian Sutil drove a strong race in Spain to finish in the points and correct a brief dip in fortune at the previous round in China, where he had failed to finish in the points for the first time this season.
Despite failing to reach Q3 for the first time this season, Adrian lined up in 11th on the grid and (for once in Spain, having crashed out on the opening lap in the previous two years!) drove a measured and assured race to finish in seventh place.
"A very good race for the team, with a good pace that showed again that we are up there in the midfield and really fighting for position and points," he raved after the race. "I had a great start, moving from 11th to 8th, and was not that far behind the Ferrari of Massa for most of the race.
"I had to push quite a lot throughout, as for about 40 laps Robert [Kubica] was quite close behind and there was no time to relax. In the end, seventh position is a great success for the team – it’s more points and keeps that momentum going. I can’t wait to get to Monaco now, one of my favourite tracks."
Fortune didn’t translate on the other side of the Force India garage, with Vitantonio Liuzzi ending what could best be described as a wretched weekend by retiring on the final lap of the race with a fuel feed issue.
The Italian had once again been comprehensively outclassed by his German team-mate, and with Paul di Resta waiting in the wings as the team’s ‘Man Friday’, one wonders if the team might be tempted to give the Scot a go anytime soon…
"We had a decent start but we struggled with understeer and then snap oversteer in the first stint with the softer tyres," he grumbled. "I lost a little time getting away from the pit-stop but then the balance with the Hard tyres was getting better – by that point, though, we had got caught in the traffic because of the faster cars coming by…ultimately the points were too far away, as we had already lost so much time at the beginning, but that’s racing and we have to sit and understand what happened."
[Original image via ITV-F1]