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Exclusive interview - Force India’s Adrian Sutil 11 Mar 2008

Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 Formula One Testing, Day Two, Barcelona, Spain, 26 February 2008. World © Moy/Sutton Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India VJM01. Formula One Testing, Day One, Barcelona, Spain, 25 February 2008. World © Moy/Sutton Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 VJM01 Formula One Testing, Day One, Barcelona, Spain, 25 February 2008. World © Moy/Sutton Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) Force India F1 VJM01 and Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 VJM01 Formula One Testing, Day One, Barcelona, Spain, 25 February 2008. World © Moy/Sutton Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 VJM01 Formula One Testing, Day One, Barcelona, Spain, 25 February 2008. World © Moy/Sutton

As he heads into his second Formula One season, Adrian Sutil is fully prepared for all the challenges the revitalized Force India team - and new team mate Giancarlo Fisichella - can throw his way.

With youth and just the right dose of self-confidence on his side, Sutil is confident of making the most of his new situation. And if the VJM01 can deliver in Melbourne the pace it hinted at in testing, the road ahead for the German can only lead north…

Q: Adrian, there is much talk about there being a new spirit in the team since Dr Vijay Mallya took over. After already completing a season with the team, you’re probably the best judge of that. What’s been the most significant change for you?
Adrian Sutil:
Everything looks like a big deal. First of all there is great motivation. That is the basis. And then we have a fantastic driver line-up with Giancarlo (Fisichella) and Tonio (Liuzzi). Both are excellent drivers which will help us to develop.

Q: And what about the car? The VJM01 has only spent three days on track. What is your impression compared to last year’s car?
AS:
It feels much better than last year. But realistically we will have to wait until Saturday afternoon in Melbourne - then we’ll know where we are. I do have a good feeling, though.

Q: Isn’t it a bit of a gamble to fly out for three races with a car that is almost brand new? You have only completed two test days with it…
AS:
Yes, that’s true, but it makes no sense to discuss it, as we do have to take it as it is. Mike (Gascoyne) knows what he is doing, we trust him that everything will work.

Q: The team’s declared aim is to become a regular in Q2. That would be a novelty for you. How realistic do you think this is?
AS:
You need to have goals, otherwise you can stay at home. Our goal must be to reach Q2. We will see in the upcoming races if we really will be able to.

Q: From the tests so far the picture looks quite similar to last season. Two teams at the front and than the rest fighting for positions. Where do you believe Force India will fit in?
AS:
Hopefully not at the end of the grid! We should be able to beat one or two teams in qualifying. And our speed over long runs doesn’t look bad either. That gives hope.

Q: You might find the season ahead quite challenging as you have to deal with Giancarlo Fisichella, who is from a very different mould to your previous team mates. Will that push you?
AS:
For sure it will push me. I always said that it would be very important for me to have an experienced and fast team mate. I can only learn and improve from good ones. Giancarlo has won races in F1 and won the constructors’ championship with Renault. He is the one to beat for me during the season.

Q: Having observed you at the final test in Barcelona it seems that there is a good vibe between Giancarlo, Tonio and yourself. Are you getting along well?
AS:
Yeah, we three drivers do have a lot of fun. I hope this will be the case during the whole season as well.

Q: Your rookie year is history and you now know how Formula One racing works. What is your personal goal for this season?
AS:
Quite easy - finishing as many races as possible; getting some points, which will be hard enough; making no mistakes and having a fair and exciting fight with Giancarlo.