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ABU DHABI Oct 29 Toyota's Jarno Trulli and
Force India's Adrian Sutil heated up an old argument at the Abu
Dhabi Grand Prix on Thursday after almost trading blows in
Brazil 11 days ago.
Waving photographs to make his point, Italian Trulli angrily
questioned his German rival's eyesight after being accused of
'freaking out' in a lively FIA news conference at the Yas Marina
After lighting the touch paper with a question about the
pair's first lap collision at Interlagos, an incident that led
to Trulli being fined $10,000 for aggressively confronting
Sutil, reporters sat back and waited for more sparks to fly.
Trulli obliged, seemingly more intent on burying the hatchet
in Sutil than backing down.
"Obviously it was very disappointing to end the race like
that, especially on the first lap," he said.
"I think I had all the reason to be extremely furious. I've
got all the evidence to show that I was there and was next to
him, and tomorrow we are going to discuss about it."
Sutil bristled at that suggestion.
"There's nothing to discuss, it was quite an obvious
incident," he said.
"In the end it was very disappointing for myself, even more
because I was the one who was driving and he lost control of his
car and crashed into my back.
"It was his problem. I don't know why he's freaking out like
that to be honest."
Trulli, whose future after Sunday's season-ending race is
uncertain, hit back immediately: "I don't know if you're blind
but I can clearly show you my front wing is next to your front
Sutil refused to take that lying down.
"But you're trying to overtake around me the outside on the
kerb. There was not a problem. 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," he said.
"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 want to learn it."
Trulli disagreed, turning to reporters to explain: "In
Barcelona I spun and he hit me because he cut the kerb, cut the
circuit completely, and he didn't slow down."
"I didn't hit you. You hit me," retorted Sutil, bristling
visibly. "I don't know what is your problem. I really don't
Renault's double world champion Fernando Alonso, who was
also involved in the collision in Brazil, refused to get
involved in the revival of hostilities.
"I saw everything more or less ... but we will discuss it in
the drivers' briefing. Deeply," he said.
(Editing by Sonia Oxley; To query or comment on this story