May 13, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT
Adrian Sutil’s luck didn’t improve during the Spanish Grand Prix as he failed to score for the fourth race in a row.
Sutil’s race got off to an excellent start as he passed several drivers around the outside of the first corner, climbing five places to take eighth. But disaster struck at his first pit stop.
“It was all going to plan until the first pit stop when there was an issue and I lost so much time,” Sutil said. “The team told me to switch the engine off while they sorted the problem, but it cost me the chance of points.”
“For the rest of the race it was a case of pushing as much as possible because you never know what can happen. It’s frustrating, but you have to accept these things. Hopefully it will not happen again.”
Force India confirmed the problem on Sutil’s car was a cross-threaded wheel nut. They said it was not related to the problem the team had in Malaysia, where both drivers had to retire because of problems changing their tires.
Sutil’s misfortune continued in China where he was hit from behind by Esteban Gutierrez and taken out of the race. His race in Bahrain was ruined by a first-lap collision with Felipe Massa.
But Force India’s problems weren’t confined to Sutil yesterday. A problem with the signal to Paul di Resta’s car meant he was not being automatically notified when he could use DRS, meaning his engineer had to tell him when he was able to.
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