As much as Adrian Sutil may want to deny it, he only has himself to blame for his bone-crunching shunt in the opening Turkish Grand Prix practice session, in which he slewed into the tyre wall at the high-speed Turn 8.

Despite comprehensively removing both front wheels and the front wing in the Sutil might not have won the popularity contest with his mechanics after this shunt at Turkeyimpact, the Force India mechanics worked miracles and were able to completely repair the VJM03 – which is equipped with an ‘F-duct’ for the first time this season – in time for the start of the second practice session that afternoon. Adrian almost matched his top-ten result in the first session, and lapped 11th-quickest overall, five places ahead of his team-mate Vitantonio Liuzzi.

"Unfortunately I had an accident towards the end of this session," Adrian explained. "I got some understeer through Turn 8 and went wide on the marbles and that was it really, I was into the barriers. I was okay but the front-right suspension was pretty damaged.

"The team did a fantastic job to get me out in the second session and we made a few runs to at least get some data on the [soft compound] tyres. At this stage it’s good to get the information; we’ll look at it tonight and see how we can make some improvements for tomorrow."

Describing his day as “productive”, team-mate Liuzzi added: "In the afternoon the balance of the car was not ideal but in the morning it was good and we could get some useful data on the [‘F-duct’]. I think it’s working pretty well, it’s a clever solution to it and not too difficult to use considering what you have to do."

[Original image via GP Update]

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