Adrian Sutil hopes that the argument between himself and Jarno Trulli over their Brazilian Grand Prix crash is over, after the matter was largely ignored in Friday's Formula 1 drivers' briefing in Abu Dhabi.
Trulli is still furious about what he felt was dangerous driving from Sutil at Interlagos, who forced him onto the curbs at Turn Four on the opening lap of the race. The Italian has been carrying around photographic evidence of the incident throughout the Abu Dhabi weekend to show that there was no way Sutil could not have seen where he was on the track – and he duly took the documentation with him to the get-together.
However, with the briefing dominated by talk about driving etiquette in terms of defending positions, plus talk on wet weather qualifying and medical procedures relating to Timo Glock's Japanese GP crash, the Trulli/Sutil matter was largely overlooked. Athough Trulli is still refusing to let the matter go, Sutil has said he is now tired of the continued charade – as he cheekily suggested he could offer his Toyota rival some of his own drawings if he wanted.
When asked if he felt the matter between himself and Trulli was now finished, Sutil said: "Hopefully it is. He will walk around with his pictures for a few weeks more and tell everybody but... [shrugs shoulders]. Maybe I will draw a picture for him with a Mickey Mouse, or Donald Duck or a Goofy or whatever. It's done. I cannot listen to it any more.
"The last race was just really hard driving in a lot of cases, which is why we have to talk about it. It is always the same at the end of the season, everyone drives harder and harder, but as I said there will always be discussions about incidents as we are both racing, and we both want to win. But only one can win. That is the problem."
Trulli said after the meeting that he hoped the drivers could get together again before the race on Sunday to discuss the clash further – as he felt it was too important to be ignored.
"I didn't come here [to Abu Dhabi] to bring up anything. I didn't start the discussion at yesterday's press conference," he said. "He said he was hit on the back, so I said comment on this picture because I am next to you way before I was on the curb. All I want is that we understand what happened there."
Trulli confirmed he spoke to F1 race director Charlie Whiting about the incident, but refused to expand on what response he got.
"I did talk to Charlie and I showed him the evidence, but I'm not going to tell you what happened," he said. "It's a safety issue, and not just that accident, but a general trend over the last few races where some moves have been a little too much on the limit. We are going to set up a meeting with all the drivers, because today was a very long drivers' briefing and GPDA briefing.
"We should try and meet up on Sunday in order to discuss the behavior, but if we can't agree between us, I know who I can trust and cannot trust. It doesn't change anything for me."