Top-10 finish for Sutil and Resta in Abu Dhabi GP
Abu Dhabi: Adrian Sutil finished a creditable eighth, just ahead of teammate Paul di Resta at the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, as Sahara Force India recorded its third double top-10 finish of the season to consolidate its sixth position on the constructors` championship, on Sunday.
Force India earned six points to take its tally to 57 and increase the gap with nearest rival Sauber by 15 points, with just one race left in the calendar.
Disaster struck world champion Sebastian Vettel as he was forced to retire in lap two due to engine failure, soon after suffering a tyre puncture in the opening lap between turn one and two at the sparkling Yas Marina Circuit.
Vettel`s shock retirement, first since 2010 Korean GP, helped McLaren`s Lewis Hamilton win his third race of the season after starting second from the grid.
The Briton is the only racer other than Vettel to triumph at Abu Dhabi GP as the German had won the inaugural edition in 2009 and then last year.
Hamilton was followed by Ferrari`s Fernando Alonso and teammate Jenson Button.
Vettel`s retirement helped Sutil and Di Resta move up a place from the original grid positions right from the start.
Sutil put a lot of pressure on Michael Schumacher of Mercedes and Di Resta was locked in an intense battle for ninth place with Toro Rosso`s Sebastian Buemi, who eventually retired later.
The Scot managed to move to eight place but was easily overtaken by Schumacher in lap 20 on straight.
Di Resta opted a one pit-stop strategy and took it in lap 28. He rejoined the race in the 12th only to re-gain his P9.
Sutil took his second pit-stop in lap 36 and surrendered his seventh position to Schumacher when he joined back.
The two Force India drivers kept their positions till the end to finish in the top-10 bracket.