Q&A with Spykers Adrian Sutil 19 Jul 2007
Ahead of this weekends European Grand Prix, Spykers Adrian Sutil reveals his expectations for his home event and explains why hes hoping for rain at the Nurburgring
Q: Your first proper drive in a Formula One car was at the Nurburgring last year. How excited are you to be back for your first home race?
Adrian Sutil: Like you said, it was the first Friday last year, and I have good memories. The track is very nice, its very special, its a track with a lot of history and I like the area all around it. Its a little bit like Spa, and one of my favourites. Its my first real home Grand Prix as an F1 driver. Im really looking forward to seeing some fans for me. I think there will be some support. Im not a real frontrunner at the moment, so more fans will be there for Ralf (Schumacher) or Heidfeld maybe, but I think there should be some of mine as well!
Q: You mentioned Spa. How was the test last week?
AS: It was very nice, I enjoyed it. I was there in F3 in 2005 and even with those cars the track was so good, and now in an F1 car its crazy. Its the best circuit I think in the calendar, really. Its a great place, and Im really looking forward to the race in September.
Q: You did a very quick time on a day that was spoiled by rain. Were you happy with that?
AS: The time was in completely dry conditions in the morning, and everybody did their times in the dry. So I was quite happy with this time in the dry conditions, the gap to the front was not that big, so it was really good. In the wet it was even better, we were doing the same times as Ferrari and McLaren. Sometimes it was a little bit better conditions, sometimes a little bit worse. I think in the rain we showed our potential.
Q: The car seems to be more competitive in the races than in qualifying. Is that how you see it?
AS: In qualifying we always have problems being a little bit more competitive. Our strength is more in the races, were closer to the field then. I think its just a problem from the downforce and the tyres. We cant really get a lot of grip out of the tyres because our car is not pressing enough onto the ground - the other cars have maybe 200 kilogrammes more downforce, and theyre just using the tyres more, and then you get a little bit more out in the qualifying. I think this is also the reason why were a little bit stronger in the race, because we save the tyres.
Q: Its not easy to make an impression when youre near the back. What do you think were your best races this year?
AS: I think the most competitive race was Indianapolis, in my opinion. I think it was the best one. Its always quite hard to say if its a good race or not for the people outside, everybody thinks its terrible, if youre always last, but we have to see our possibilities with the car. We must be realistic, I know what is possible with the car. Indianapolis was such a race, we could really race the other cars, and we were very close to them. Thats why I say it was a really good race. We were really fighting with Toro Rosso, the Aguris, and on first lap also with a Williams. Also the times in the middle stint and the last stint were competitive to the midfield, so this was absolutely unique.
Q: You had accidents in Monaco and Montreal. Were they the most frustrating part of the season so far?
AS: For sure this was frustrating, absolutely, but I would say the Monaco weekend was one of the most successful weekends for us, mainly in the free practice session on Saturday. There was a good thing and a bad thing! In the end I was frustrated about the race, because the race is the most important, but it was not terrible. My feelings were mixed.
Q: How disappointing was the last race at Silverstone?
AS: I did 17 laps and had an engine blow-up. It was a shame, because it was too early! It could have been a good race. We were following Davidson and Button, and the gap was staying the same, so for us the situation was not too bad. I guess the soft-tyre run would have been much, much better.
Q: The B-spec car is coming for Turkey. Are you confident that it will be better?
AS: Yes, I think it will be different. The guys are absolutely convinced that the car is better, the wind tunnel shows us how big the difference is. I trust them, and I think well make a little step forward. Normally if the car is good, it should be fast straight away.