Q&A with Force Indias Adrian Sutil 11 Jun 2010
This season Force India are fast becoming the team to talk about. Not only have they regularly made it into the top-ten qualifying shootout, but they have managed to score points in all but one of the races. After finishing sixth on the Montreal timesheets, Adrian Sutil is feeling upbeat and is even allowing himself to consider the possibility of scoring a podium finish on Sunday
Q: Adrian, how was Friday for you?
Adrian Sutil: We tried out quite a number of things during the two sessions. We also tried the F duct again but it was not working the way we expected so we decided not to run it in Practice Two. We will try again tomorrow. We had planned just to run some tests and we achieved that. We definitely will not run it in the race. If it had worked for definite I would have taken the risk and run it in the race, but as this was not the case it does not make any sense to risk anything.
Q: How much was Friday dedicated to testing and how much of the days running was about set-up for this weekend?
AS: Not too much, otherwise I would not do it. The normal procedure is that a lot of time goes into finding the right tyres to use. But the hard tyres are so hard that you dont have to test them a lot here, and the softs are so soft that its quite difficult here.
Q: Are the soft tyres too soft for this track?
AS: Well, the problem is that the track has such strange tarmac. The grip is not staying on the track so it is still very slippery - even after two practice sessions - and I dont think that the track will get a lot better until the race.
Q: But for all that, your times look pretty good
AS: The times are good, yes. On the long runs the soft tyres were a bit of a catastrophe, but I guess that was the case with everybody else. They were almost finished on the warm-up lap. Theyd almost disintegrated. It seemed to be getting worse and in the end I ended up eight seconds behind my fastest lap. Overall I would say that this track suits our car and that is very promising. For a Friday I am pleased with how it worked. It gives me hope for qualifying and the race.
Q: Would you say that aside from these un-welcomed effects the soft tyres are faster on a single lap?
AS: Yes, they are, and that makes it very difficult to decide what to do. On that one single lap Ive been about four-tenths faster, so that makes a huge difference in qualifying, especially on a track like this! In the race, it would be ideal to start on the softs and they take you until Lap 15 and then you come in for a change. The key question is if they can take you up until Lap 15. At the moment I would say no. But there are some factors that are not entirely clear - like the weather conditions on Sunday - so we will put our heads together and try to find the best solution. We hope that the grip will improve but from what Ive seen and experienced today I dont believe it will.
Q: You were P6 on Friday. Could you score a podium on Sunday?
AS: Under normal conditions I would say no. But then again weve seen so many unpredictable races this season that anything can happen. You simply have to be ready for it. The really good thing is that we have proved that we are steadily in the top ten. At all seven races weve made it there and we have the muscle to score points.