Q&A with Spykers Adrian Sutil 22 Jun 2007
After his strong drive to 14th at Indianapolis, Spyker driver Adrian Sutil is feeling confident he can do even better at next weekends French round at Magny-Cours - a circuit he has enjoyed racing at in the past
Q: Have you ever driven at Magny-Cours before?
Adrian Sutil: Yes, I know the circuit very well. I did a Friday practice session there with the team last year and I did an F3 race in 2004. Its actually one of my favourite tracks as I like the layout with the quick chicane, the long right hander through the corner to the straight, the hairpin - its exactly what I like and I already know I am quite quick around there!
Q: How have your results been there in the past then?
AS: In Magny-Cours I am usually okay. I first raced there in 2004 with the Kolles team in F3 and it was actually one of our best races. Then I had a test with ASM with Lewis Hamilton - I think I beat him by two hundredths of a second!
Q: But personally as well as professionally, this track holds some good memories for you?
AS: Actually the first F3 test I did at the end of 2003 was in Magny-Cours and it was also the first time I met Colin (Kolles). I got in his car the day after the race at Magny-Cours and beat his two drivers! I got in on the Monday and I was immediately one second quicker - Colin was delighted he could see his car worked and over the next two races started talks with Mercedes to get me in a car, then I made it to Team Kolles in 2004. Its got a lot of good memories, as I got a big break there and a lot of good things have happened at the track.
Q: Youve now got a good momentum and are going to a track you know and like. Have you been pleased with the season so far?
AS: The season has been very good so far. We have of course had some problems in some of the races, but I finally had a great race in Indy. Indy was better than Canada, but even in first 20 laps I was competitive and racing the Toyota and Super Aguri in front. It could have been a good race, it was a shame not to finish. I hope then in Magny-Cours we are able to do a really great race. I have my experience now; I know the track so I am really confident I can do a good race.
Q: Do you feel any extra pressure now?
AS: I dont feel any extra pressure at all. I try to enjoy my racing and when I have fun I am normally very quick. There is no additional pressure, I feel quite calm.
Q: The momentum is now good, did you keep this up at the Silverstone test?
AS: We used pretty much the same set-up from the last race, so the balance is similar and technically we had no problems. The car is really reliable and also from the times you can see we are getting better. The gap to the front is not that bad - its a long track at Silverstone with long straights like Barcelona and we are only 1.8 seconds behind. Hopefully we will be in this region for the French and British Grands Prix too.