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An amusing spat between Sutil and Trulli
An amusing spat between Sutil and Trulli
Posted By: James Allen  |  29 Oct 2009   |  3:42 pm GMT  |  66 comments

The last time Jarno Trulli saw Adrian Sutil before today was when he was screaming at him over their first lap collision in Brazil. Trulli felt that the fault was entirely Sutil’s and today in the press conference at Yas Marina Circuit, the war of words spilled out again – that may well have been the reason why they were placed next to each other…

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There were quite a few incidents between drivers in Brazil and it looks like it will be a lively drivers’ briefing on Friday. Several drivers have indicated that they want to discuss the Kobayashi/Nakajima
collision and the whole issue of slamming the door to close off an overtaking move.

Here’s a flavour of the Trulli/Sutil exchange:

Jarno Trulli: “I think I had every reason to be extremely furious. I’ve got all the evidence to show that I was there, I was next to him, so I think tomorrow we are going to discuss it.
Sutil: “I think there’s nothing to discuss. It was a quite obvious incident. In the end it was very disappointing for myself, even more, I think, because I was the one who was just driving and he lost control of his car and crashed in my back, so it was not my problem, it was his problem. I don’t know why he’s freaking out like that, to be honest. ”
JT: (Laughing)” If you want, I can show you some pictures. I don’t know if you’re blind but they clearly show you that my front wing is next to your front wing, so…”
AS: “Yeah, but you’re trying to overtake me on the outside on the kerbing. There was not a problem…”
JT: “So you mean… you didn’t move there…”
AS: “No, you were just not going off the power. The same happened in Barcelona where you lost control again and crashed again into a Force India car. You just have to sometimes also…”
JT: “I just lost…”
AS: “…expect the limits of the car. If there’s no way to go, you have to back off, that’s how racing is, and I don’t know how long you want to learn it. ”
JT: “In Barcelona I spun and he hit me because he tapped the kerb, he completely cut the circuit and he didn’t slow down, so basically… Anyway, I think it’s better… ”
AS: “No, no. Watch the race in Barcelona. I didn’t hit you, you hit me. I don’t know what’s the problem, but maybe your eyes are a problem.”
JT: “I don’t have any feeling about him. ”
AS: “I don’t understand, really, sorry.”

Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen were sitting on the front row during this exchange and at one point Alonso said, “Shall we go?” But he couldn’t stop laughing as the two drivers went on and on at each other like a pair of schoolboys, both wanting to have the last word.

Sutil has been involved in plenty of collisions this year and he is quite sensitive to people reminding him of it.

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In all fairness don’t you think it would be worth saying that all that jazz was started by Ian Parkes’s question and then continued with another question from Alan Baldwin?

So what is it? A “war of words” between 2 drivers or a provocation by a member of the press???

I have my own idea indeed…


No it was a legitimate question, the point is that they both chose to continue the spat.


Time for Trulli to concerntrate on his wine full time!! This is a great example of why we should have grass or sand instead of tarmac. If it were tarmac, truli would probably had more of a chance of getting closer to Sutil in the next corner but instead, he was penalized. I’d like to see him try that again next year (that is if he is still in F1).


Ironic Trulli incriminating LOL Nando’s and Kimi’s reaction’s awesome


hilarious!! alonso is like o_O haha he’s really great and the “should we go?” to Kimi is 4 the win xDD


Very funny watching the replay. Purely Trulli’s fault this one. Sutil didn’t offer any room (and rightly so) as he was blissfully unaware that Trulli was hammering it down the outside of the corner with only half of his car on the grey stuff. Trulli should have known better and backed off. It’s so narrow around that section anyway. The half a car length rule doesn’t apply if you’re not on the track!!


I like the fact Sutil didn’t put up with Trulli out burst on the track at the last race.. its also good that Sutil gave Trulli what for in the drivers meeting.

I remember the hammering Trulli would give Sato about his overtakes… seems like the tables have turned. LOL

Trulli is feeling the pressure of being made redundent. I think its time to let go Jarno. You are done.


While Sutil is indeed rather collision prone this season, I don’t think many of them can be blamed on him. In fact the only one I can think of this season off the top of my head that was all him was the Singapore one which was a serious case of brain fade.


Fun little exchange, it’ll be interesting to see what the rest of the drivers think of the ordeal at the pre-race drivers meeting.



How is Kimi reacting to all this racket around him? I am just curious. I am imagining him with a stoic face. 😀


Very stoic and not very talkative



I am “new” fan in comparison to the people i see here.. And while I understand how most of the comments are from “experts of the sport”, who have just reason to blame one or the other.

I am just here to say its nice to see a human, and a very human side to some of these drivers!

All men are allowed to act as schoolboys sometime are they not? Even these men..

I am enjoying the show..



One of my favourite things about Ayrton Senna was his Press Conferences.

It would have been interesting to hear Alonso’s opinion, as he had a bird’s eye view and ultimately became a victim. Understandably he’ll say his piece behind closed doors. Why publicly embarrass a friend? Unfortuately for Jarno, He caused that incident all by himself.

I realise the British media were pre-occupied in the days after the race, but nothing more was mentioned (it seems)by race stewards/CharlieWhiting the FIA or Williams regarding Kobayashi’s “Playstationesque” driving.

Can you imagine Lewis,Kimi,Mark etc getting away with KK’s move on Nakajima?

It was one of the most exciting F1 debut’s I’ve seen in ages, and hopefully we see more of him, but someone needs to quietly take him to one side and explain the rules, as I’m sure will happen in the drivers briefing this week-end.


I agree. Ayrton would speak and you could hear a pin drop!


It’s just so immature! Truli is really behaving like a 1st grader here.


I can remember Damon Hill being knocked out of a race by Trulli several years ago, and afterwards DH’s wry comment was ‘I was ‘trulli’ upset about that!’ Great stuff. What a Gent!


LOL !!!!!!!!! Its like wrestling !!

Is this on youtube? Can someone please sneak a video camera into the briefing tomorrow ?


Why does Sutil claim he never saw Trulli on the track, he says he never saw him “at all” and that he didn’t see “anything”.

Sutil trying to cover up his actions?


I really think it was Trulli’s fault…I saw the reply on the on board camera on Sutil’s car and there’s no way Sutil could do anything about it,since he was also trying to avoid a collision with the man in front of him,and yes, Trulli tried to overtake him from the outside..Like Sutil said..


Jarno Trulli should become a train driver in his next career move after formula 1. Could be in 2010 if he carries on like this. Trulli the train driver.


It’s great to see a bit of spirit for a change but, honestly, someone needs to take Trulli to one side, have a quiet word and tell him (with all due respect of course) what a prat he looks acting like this and that it won’t be helping his chances of a decent race seat.

It was clearly his fault and he doesn’t have a leg to stand on.


Yes I think he should perhaps have let this one lie – he’s not making many friends among the stewards I imagine as they have already dealt with this one and didn’t expect it to get dragged up again


I agree with the guy who said that it makes a nice change for a bit of passion even tho trulli is clearly wrong and embarassed about the situation. The lady doth protest too much me thinks!!! Christ I only have to hear kimi’s name let alone his mono tone droning un passionate voice n I’m blowin out th zzzzzz’s .. Let’s have a little more of it I say.


So James, what are your views on the Kobayashi/Nakajima incident? A more blatent and dengerous effort to put an overtaking car on the grass I’ve rarely seen, yet the stewards turned a blind eye.

Or is it just more of the FF blocking and dodgems we’ve come to expect in F1 nowadays?



I thought Kobayashi was out of order to be honest. But it was a blot in an otherwise impressive debut drive


Yes I would agree James but what really annoys me about this type of incident is that he wasnt punished for it. Go back to last year Lewis got a drive through for locking up and forcing Kimi wide. That wasnt done on purpose yet he got a penalty. Kobayashi clearly meant that.

what annoyed me even more last year was Massa and Bourdais. Massa drove into the side on Bourdais when Massa had the whole track for room, while Bourdais was mounting the Kerb to try and avoid him yet Bourdais was penalised. Oh wait did that mean the championship was closer.

Incidents like Kobayashi’s dont matter to the stewards as it doesnt effect the main event…..The Championship


Was Webber in the conference? I’d like to hear him explain his move on Kimi where he got off the racing like to block the Finn, taking off his nose and costing him a podium.


No he wasn’t


lol, got to love this stuff and we need more of it! But Trulli should learn when to back off whether it be on the track or in press conferences. Grats to Sutil for holding his line both at Brasil and now 🙂


James is there anywere that we would be able to watch what happed?


The incident was so confusing to me that when I first saw Trulli yelling at Sutil thought I had visual dyslexia. Didn’t Trulli hit Sutil, not the other way around? I hit the rewind on my TiVo to make sure I wasn’t crazy, and I watched it again.

Trulli was entirely on the kerb trying to pass while Sutil was busy worrying about drivers that were actually on the track. It was entirely Trulli’s fault for attempting such a manoeuvre.

This exchange made me laugh. Thanks, James!


Sorry, but Trulli has been a [mod]. Sutil was on the racing line and nothing wrong or unexpected. Trulli, OTOH, went 4 wheels on the kerb and then 2 on the grass in a rookie-like overtaking move, which went all wrong by his own fault. It’s not like he hasn’t raced at Interlagos a dozen times or more and knows exactly where the racing line stands.

Trulli, be a man and suck it up, it was your mistake and fault. Full stop.

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