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 impact, 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]