Adrian Sutil says all is fine between himself and Force India team-mate Paul di Resta
Pair clashed in China but both targeting strong Bahrain weekend
Last Updated: April 16, 2013 7:57pm
Force India: Friendly fire in Shanghai
Adrian Sutil insists there is "no problem" between himself and Force India team-mate Paul di Resta after their collision in the Chinese GP.
The two drivers made contact coming out of hairpin on the opening lap of last Sunday's race as they battled for position, with di Resta taking to the grass after the two VJM06s banged wheels.
Force India's Deputy Team Principal Bob Fernley admitted shortly after the incident during his appearance in Sky Sports F1's Pit Wall Live feature that "we'll be having a little talk" in the team about the incident with the drivers.
And ahead of this weekend's return to action in Bahrain, Sutil has said: "I had a little incident with Paul early on, but we spoke about it, and there's no problem."
The German's Chinese race was ultimately ended at the same hairpin when Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez careered into the back of him, but di Resta recovered from the early incident with his team-mate to take a strong eighth-place finish after an impressive final stint.
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Having been forced to watch on following his early Shanghai exit, Sutil acknowledged the VJM06's performance hadn't been quite as strong as the opening two rounds of 2013 overall, but predicted a stronger weekend in Bahrain.
"It's never easy, but I think we can learn quite a lot out of the race," he added.
"The pace was not so good at the beginning, but much better at the end. We have to understand why.
"Paul got some good points for the team, but we lost some pace this weekend in general, and there were quite a few quick cars who didn't finish the race. So we have to get a move on in Bahrain! It should be better for us there."
Twelve months ago in Bahrain di Resta employed a two-stop strategy to claim sixth place in the race and the Scot agrees that the conditions, and tyre allocation, at Sakhir should again suit Force India.
"I'm looking forward to it. We're back in the hot weather and we were strong in the heat of Malaysia so there are no real worries," di Resta said.
"Last year the car worked well in Bahrain, which gives us confidence heading into the weekend. We've got a few things to understand and I think we can go forward a bit more. We're back to the medium and hard, the same as we had in Malaysia, where we were strong."