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Ask the Expert - Force India's Adrian Sutil 29 Jun 2009

Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, British Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Silverstone, England, Saturday, 20 June 2009 Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 Team and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren on the drivers parade.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, British Grand Prix, Race, Silverstone, England, Sunday, 21 June 2009 Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 VJM02.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, British Grand Prix, Practice Day, Silverstone, England, Friday, 19 June 2009 (L to R): Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Force India F1 and Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 aboard the Indian Empress.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Friday, 22 May 2009 Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 VJM02.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Australian Grand Prix, Race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, 29 March 2009

How many grand slam tournaments has tennis player Roger Federer won? How many German drivers have competed in Formula One racing since 1950? Who invented the modern piano? And how many times did Sean Connery play 007? These are just some of the questions we thought Adrian Sutil would take in his stride after he agreed to be the latest participant in our personal trivia test, ‘Ask the Expert’...

Q: You were born in the Bavarian town of Starnberg. Which animal takes pride of place on the town’s coat of arms?
Adrian Sutil:
It’s a shame but I have no idea.
Incorrect - it’s a bird.

Q: You father, Jorge, is from Uruguay. During the 1950s, four Uruguayan drivers competed in Formula One racing, although none scored any world championship points. Can you name two of the four?
AS:
I know that there have been several drivers from Uruguay, but no name springs to mind. I just remember that guy Gonzalo Rodriguez, who was quite successful racing in Formula 3000 and who was killed in a Champ Car race in 1999. But he was never a Formula One driver.
Incorrect - the four Uruguayan Formula One were drivers Eitel Cantoni, Azdrubal Fontes, Oscar Gonzalez and Alberto Uria.

Q: You’re a fan of tennis player Roger Federer. How many grand slam tournaments has Federer won?
AS:
Eight? How many? Fourteen! Wow!
Incorrect - Federer has won the Australian Open three times (2004, 2006, 2007), the French Open once (2009), Wimbledon five times (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) and the US Open five times (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008).

Q: Force India team boss Vijay Mallya made headlines in March after successfully bidding at an auction for the belongings of which political and spiritual leader?
AS:
Mahatma Gandhi.
Correct

Q: You won the Japanese Formula Three championship with Tom’s in 2006. Who won the series last year with the same team?
AS:
Carlo van Damm.
Correct

Q: You enjoy the films of Alfred Hitchcock. Can you name two of the five films for which he was nominated for a best director Oscar?
AS:
Rear Window…Vertigo? At least Vertigo is my favourite!
Just the one point - As well as Rear Window, Hitchcock was nominated for Rebecca (1940), Lifeboat (1944), Spellbound (1945) and Psycho (1960).

Q: You share a birthday with one of your F1 rivals. Which one? And for a bonus point is he older or younger?
AS:
A birthday on the same day? And I’m competing against him at the moment? I didn’t know that. Who is it? Nakajima. I’ll send him a birthday message next time.
Incorrect - it was indeed Kazuki Nakajima, who was born 11 January 1985, two years after Sutil.

Q: You finished the 2005 Formula Three Masters event in second. Who won and which other future Grand Prix winner took part in that race?
AS:
Lewis (Hamilton) won and I would say the other was Sebastian Vettel.
Correct - Hamilton won, Vettel was 11th.

Q: Last year your former Spyker team mate Christijan Albers scored a podium in which American series?
AS:
The American Le Mans series.
Correct

Q: Your team mate Giancarlo Fisichella has 219 race starts to his name and three wins. When and where did he clinch two victories?
AS:
Melbourne in 2005 and Malaysia in 2006.
Correct - Brazil 2003 for Jordan, Australia 2005 for Renault and Malaysia 2006 for Renault.

Q: Can you guess to the nearest ten how many German drivers have competed in Formula One racing since 1950?
AS:
45? But that is only a guess.
A good guess, correct - the exact number was 51.

Q: You once said that if you won an Olympic gold medal it would probably be for diving from the high board. But can you name who won the gold medal for diving from the 10m platform at the Beijing Olympics last year?
AS:
To put it simply - no I can’t!
Incorrect - Australian Matthew Mitcham took the men’s, and the women’s gold medal was won by Chinese competitor Chen Ruolin.

Q: You once reportedly said ‘a few years ago I was terrible - now I try to be a little more calm when I see them’. What were you talking about?
AS:
Spiders! But I'm getting better.
Correct

Q: You could have become a professional pianist. Who invented the modern piano?
AS:
I don’t know. But thanks for telling me.
Incorrect - Bartolomeo Cristofori di Francesco, who was employed by Prince Ferdinand de Medici as the Keeper of the Instruments.

Q: Your father was a violinist with the Munich Philharmonic for many years. How many violinists are there in a modern philharmonic orchestra?
AS:
Ah! How did you think up these questions? I would say 25?
Incorrect - the answer is 30 (16 first violinists and 14 second violinists).

Q: In 2002 you won 12 races from 12 starts in the Swiss Formula Ford Series. What’s the closest anyone has come to winning every race in a single F1 season?
AS:
Michael Schumacher in 2004. I think the right number is 13.
Correct - Schumacher won 13 out of 18 races in 2004.

Q: Bali is one of your favoured holiday destinations. Can you tell us why you should not hand something to a Balinese person using your left hand?
AS:
Sorry, I have no idea.
Incorrect - Left is considered impure, a common belief throughout Indonesia.

Q: You are a big James Bond fan, and in particular of Sean Connery. How many times did Connery play 007?
AS:
I saw Dr No just the other day. But let’s count…it must be seven.
Correct - Connery played the character in seven Bond films: Dr No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and Never Say Never Again (1983).

Q: Your only Formula One point to date came at the 2007 Japanese Grand Prix with eighth place for Spyker. How many points did you current team mate Giancarlo Fisichella score that day?
AS:
Kimi (Raikkonen) was third, Coulthard fourth so he must have been fifth. That makes four points.
Correct

Q: Force India are based in Britain. Which Indian dish is the most popular in Britain?
AS:
Chicken Jalfrezi? At least that’s my favourite!
Incorrect - it's actually chicken tikka masala.

Final score: 13 points from a possible 24
Ask the Expert rating: 54%

Current leader board:
1. Heikki Kovalainen - 86%
2. Mark Webber - 84%
3. Sebastien Buemi - 72%
4. Robert Kubica - 70%
5. Jenson Button - 69%
6. Giancarlo Fisichella - 68%
7. Nico Rosberg - 66%
8= Sebastian Vettel - 64%
8= Rubens Barrichello - 64%
10. Jarno Trulli - 58%
11. Nick Heidfeld - 57%
12. Adrian Sutil - 54%

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