Sutil believes points finish was possible
14 April 2013 – Adrian Sutil reckons his race-ending clash with Esteban Gutiérrez in the early stages of the Chinese Grand Prix cost him a points finish, with the Force India driver an unfortunate victim of the Mexican's error of judgement at the final hairpin.
As the midfield runners approached Turn 14 on the fifth lap of the race, Gutiérrez lost control under braking and ran straight into the back of Sutil. Both men were forced to retire and the Sauber driver was later hit with a five-place grid penalty for Bahrain.
"A very disappointing day for me," said Sutil. "Things were going well in the opening laps and then under braking for the final hairpin I got hit from behind as I turned into the corner. I guess Gutierrez missed his braking point and had nowhere to go but into the back of my car. My rear wing was broken and there was no option but to stop.
"It’s always a shame not to finish a race and I had a good chance of scoring more points today. I was on the soft tyre and the strategy looked to be shaping up well."
Gutiérrez says he was slightly distracted by Sergio Pérez's McLaren on the approach to the final corner, but instantly apologised to Sutil and Force India for the accident.
"Right before going into the long straight I had Checo [Pérez] fighting behind me, and I approached the corner too fast," a disappointed Gutiérrez explained after the Grand Prix. "I was braking at the same place where I usually brake, however, didn’t anticipate the loss of downforce and the amount of speed I had. I tried my best to stop, but didn’t succeed. It was definitely my fault, and I apologise to Adrian and to his team."
On the other side of the Force India garage, Paul di Resta finished in eighth position and kept the team on level points with McLaren in the Constructors' standings.