Sutil critical of Maldonado after shunt

By on Sunday, November 17, 2013
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Adrian Sutil hit out at rival Pastor Maldonado after the duo collided on the opening lap of the United States Grand Prix.

Sutil and Maldonado were battling for the position on the back straight when they touched, with Sutil being speared into the barriers and retirement from the race.

Sutil joked that an 'emergency area' needs to be set-up around the Williams driver.

"We have many incidents with this driver and for sure maybe you have to have an emergency area around him to avoid this kind of things," he told Sky Sports F1 after the race.

"It’s always hard to say whose fault is it but I was on my line and I didn’t do any crazy moves or so.

"There was a lot of space on the left, lot of space on the right. Again, I don’t understand why someone is so close to a car and then actually hit you. It’s not that we were side by side it was probably with his right-front tyre on my left-rear axle and just touch it."

"It was a little touch but at 300 [kilometers per hour] you don’t want to have that thing and I spun. I lost my race because of that."

"He spun me around and I crashed into the barrier which is a shame because it’s a very wide track here and no reason to actually collide on a straight line."

Maldonado blamed Sutil for the collision.

"On the first lap I was on the inside and he crossed a bit my line," said the Venezuelan. "He did a big crash, was quite risky, but it’s racing, you know, sometimes can happen, especially when you are recovering places."

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