Crash puts Gutierrez and Sutil out early in China

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Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil have both endured a disastrous Chinese Grand Prix, with a crash between the two drivers ending their races after just four laps.

Gutierrez had made a fantastic start from 17th on the grid, rising to P12 before the first round of stops. However, when trying to overtake Sutil into the hairpin at turn 14, Gutierrez made a mistake and ran into the back of the Force India.

The Mexican’s car came to a halt in the run off area, requiring waved yellow flags to recover, whilst Sutil managed to get back to the pits. However, his car was beyond repair, and a small fire on the car only added insult to injury for Force India.

Both drivers will be disappointed with the result. Sutil had shown good long-run pace in practice, but this has been wasted due to the incident, whilst Gutierrez could have scored his first points in F1 had he continued to rise through the field.

The FIA will be investigating the incident, and a penalty for the next race may be issued if either driver is found guilty of having caused an accident.