• Brazilian Grand Prix

Sixth place best way to end season - Sutil

ESPNF1 Staff
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Adrian Sutil: "It completes a great weekend where everything went to plan" © Sutton Images
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Adrian Sutil said his sixth place finish at the Brazilian Grand Prix was the best way to end the season as he moved up to ninth in the drivers' standings.

After three strong races towards the end of the season, Sutil's latest result meant he overtook Vitaly Petrov in the championship to move behind the drivers of the top four teams. With his future for 2012 still uncertain, Sutil said he could not have achieved any more at his final race of 2011.

"I'm really happy about the result today," he said. "It completes a great weekend where everything went to plan. I had a good feeling in all the sessions and the team did a brilliant job to give me such a good car today. We also made the right calls with the strategy because we knew there was a chance to beat Mercedes, and that's exactly what we did.

"So I'm very happy with my sixth place - it's the best way to end the year and it also means that I move up to ninth place in the drivers' championship, which was my aim."

Team-mate Paul di Resta finished eighth, 18.7s behind Sutil, but revealed he was struggling with a gearbox problem for most of the race.

"My eighth place today is a great result after quite a tough race for me," he said. "There was a concern with the gearbox around half way through the race so the team told me to just try and bring the car home. In the final stint it was just a case of managing the gap to [Kamui] Kobayashi behind me and we had enough to do that quite easily in the end.

"So that's the end of my first season of Formula One and it's been a great year, especially now we have finished sixth in the championship. It's well deserved for the entire team and I want to thank everyone for their help and support during this amazing year."