Adrian Sutil vs. Jarno Trulli: Fight Night Round Two
After the handbags of Sao Paulo and the Brazilian GP between Force India driver Adrian Sutil and Toyota's Jarno Trulli, the two decided to go at it again in the press conference ahead of the last grand prix of the season in Abu Dhabi.
Rewinding back to the events of Brazil eleven days ago, other than Jenson Button's championship winning drive, Trulli and Sutil almost came to full-bloodied blows after a collision on the first lap which forced them both out of the race at the Interlagos circuit.
Attempting to pass Sutil around the outside, Trulli put a wheel on the grass, sending the Italian spinning into the back of the German's car and then into the wall.
The impact resulted in Sutil careening across the infield grass and his momentum taking him back onto the track, where he was struck yet again, this time by Renault's Spanish driver, Fernando Alonso.
Trulli jumped out of his car and raced over to Sutil to confront him, and a bitter argument ensued with a lot of angry gesturing and threatening behaviour, a.k.a handbags.
And it seems evident that even all these days later, emotions are still running very high, as the two were at it again in front of the world's media.
Here is a transcript of Fight Night Round Two: Trulli vs. Sutil .
Trulli started things off by saying: "Obviously, it was very disappointing to end the race like that, especially on the first lap."
"I had every reason to be extremely furious. I've got all the evidence to show I was there and was next to him, and tomorrow we are going to discuss it."
Sutil then responded: "There's nothing to discuss, it was quite an obvious incident. In the end it was very disappointing for me, even more because I was the one who was driving, and he lost control of his car and crashed into my back."
"It's not my problem. It's his problem. I don't know why he's freaking out like that to be honest."
Trulli: "I don't know if you're blind, but I can clearly show you my front wing is next to your front wing" (Trulli then produced photographs to support his argument).
Sutil: "But you're trying to overtake me around the outside on the kerb. There was not a problem. You were off the power. The same happened in Barcelona where you lost control again and crashed again into a Force India car."
"You have to sometimes respect the limits of the car. If you've nowhere to go, you have to back off. That's how racing is. I don't know how long you need to learn this."
Trulli: "In Barcelona I spun and he hit me because he cut the kerb, cut the circuit completely, and he didn't slow down."
Sutil: "I didn't hit you. You hit me. I don't know what is your problem. I really don't understand."
Asked what was said during their spat immediately after the accident, Trulli replied, "I was furious because he didn't see me."
"I was next to him and he kept on pushing me on the outside until I was obviously on the kerb."
Then the row continued:
Sutil: "It's not a problem to be on the kerb. Where's the problem?"
Trulli (sarcastically): "Yeah, no problem! As long as we know the rules."
Sutil: "I know the rules."
Fernando Alonso then ended proceedings by saying, "Go on Jarno, smack him!"
Only kidding. When asked of his opinion on the whole saga, with a smile Alonso said: "I saw everything more or less, but as Jarno said we will discuss it in the drivers' briefing—deeply!"
Source: Sky Sports
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