Q&A with Force Indias Adrian Sutil 29 Feb 2008
Adrian Sutil experienced all the highs and lows that made up Spykers 2007 season. This year the surroundings might be familiar, but Sutil knows that Force India, with its bigger budget and expanded technical team, could not be a more different squad. Its no wonder then that the young German is geared up for the season ahead
Q: How much better prepared are you going into your second season?
Adrian Sutil: Now it's a more relaxed situation, and I know what to expect. I'm really looking forward to the season. I think the team will be better. The budget has increased a lot, and the team have many more possibilities at the moment to develop. The organisation is much stronger, and the engineers are working hard. There are three wind tunnels working, so it's all good news really.
Q: What was the biggest thing you learned last season?
AS: The schedule that you have for the weekend was the main thing that was new for me. In F3 you had more time to relax, and there's not so much to do! I'm feeling in general much more confident and much more comfortable. And for sure I've improved myself quite a lot as a driver. It will be different now without the traction control. Everybody is struggling a bit and it's harder to control the car, so again that's a new situation for me. But every test day it's getting better, and I'm getting more used to it. I will be ready for Melbourne!
Q: Do you think that without the driver aids we will see more mistakes in races?
AS: A Grand Prix is a one and a half hour race, and by the end you're a bit tired, and you're not perfectly concentrated any more. I think it will be very important to be physically in top condition, as you need to always have the same amount of feeling in the feet. The tyres go off as well, and at the end of a stint you can feel the car is nervous, and very difficult to drive.
Q: Are you excited about the challenge of having a race winner like Giancarlo Fisichella as your team mate?
AS: I think it's a really good situation, to have a good team mate. There are no excuses any more, and I just have to try and be on the same level. Last year at Renault there was always a fight between Giancarlo and Kovalainen. It's a good way to show how good you are. Giancarlo had Alonso as his team mate, and people know that he's a good driver. If you beat him, it's very important for your career.
Q: How do you feel about this season?
AS: Like Mike Gascoyne has said, our focus is really on 2009, and we really want to spend our resources on that car. But we still have to be competitive in 2008, and we have found a lot already. We will make progress for sure.
Q: You mentioned 2009. Do you think the team can really make a step forward with the new rules?
AS: I think so. Everybody's working already on the 2009 car, but in a way everybody starts from the beginning again. There will be half of the downforce that we use now. I think we have a good chance to move closer to the front. Everything is possible.