Force India returned empty-handed from the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix after Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta finished a disappointing 11th and 12th respectively here today.
Starting on the 11th and 12th positions on the grid,both Sutil and Di Resta failed to better their performances,on a day when Germany’s Sebastian Vettel became Formula One’s youngest back-to-back world champion after finishing third at the Suzuka Circuit today.
Sutil clocked 1:31:47.874s en route his 11th place finish,while his team-mate Di Resta finished with a timing of 1:31:55.753s.
McLaren’s Jenson Button won his third race of the season and the 12th of his career,1.1 seconds ahead of second-placed Fernando Alonso of Ferrari.
Sutil was a tad disappointed not to have finished among points here and said the introduction of safety car on lap 22 hurt his cause.
On lap 22,McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa of Ferrari clashed at the final chicane,with a piece of front wing from Massa’s car left in the middle of the circuit,prompting a three-lap safety car period to remove the debris.
The incident was investigated,but no action was taken. The clash was the latest in a series of incidents this year between the pair,with Hamilton running into the back of Massa in the most recent race in Singapore.
“To be honest I feel we were unlucky to miss out on points today. My initial start was excellent,although I had to lift because (Kanui) Kobayashi had a very poor start and so I didn’t get the full benefit. But after the first few laps I was ahead of the Renaults and we had good pace. I think what really hurt my race was the safety car because I made my second stop the lap before it came out and lost track position,” Sutil said.