Q&A with Force Indias Adrian Sutil 28 Aug 2010
Last year Giancarlo Fisichella took pole position for Force India at Spa. This year Adrian Sutil may have finished further down the order in P8, but he still managed to outperform Ferraris Fernando Alonso and both Mercedes drivers to name just a few. And after three difficult races, the Silverstone-based team is hoping to score some good points on Sunday
Q: Adrian, did you expect to qualify in P8?
Adrian Sutil: Actually yes, or maybe one or two places further behind. P8 was the best that we could do in Q3. Maybe we were a little bit too late out for a quick lap, as for the second fast lap we caught the rain. It only rained for half a minute, but I caught it. So the rain was when I was at La Source, so there was no chance to finish a second quick lap, which is usually a little bit faster than the first one. But I am still very happy and it is a good start for tomorrow.
Q: What are your expectations for the race? Can you finish further up the field?
AS: Of course I am always concentrated on the front. I am very positive, as I have a good top speed. For sure you need a good start, and then out of La Source up to Eau Rouge there are always possibilities for overtaking. The race is long, and there is rain expected. Qualifying is only one part, for which you don't really get anything, but tomorrow is the day that counts. Our target is to score some points, but I think to aim for the podium would be too much. But especially here you never know what happens. Still there are some very good teams in front of us. So for me I want to be able to finish the race and get some solid points for the team. This race has been quite good for us in the past, so this has to be another good chance to score points, as well as at the next race in Monza.
Q: Would you prefer a dry or wet race?
AS: For me it doesn't really matter, as I am prepared for anything. But I think that we will have both, with a bigger tendency towards a wet race.
Q: What are your impressions of the F-duct?
AS: For us it works very well. In every race so far we have gained an advantage out of it and had quicker times.
Q: Do you have any concerns about the tyres? Do you have enough sets for tomorrow?
AS: No real concerns, except maybe that the intermediates are a little bit too soft and grain up quite quickly, but we have to deal with this. Of course you could always have more sets of tyres, but the rules in Formula One are very tight and we have to save as much as possible. But in general I think we are at the same level as all the others.
Q: How is the blown diffuser performing on your car?
AS: It is quite okay, but not yet on the limit. We can still improve it a lot. This is the first race that we are really using it to this extent, and it does make a difference. I am happy with it, but we can still tune it much more to work even better. Also design-wise we can adjust it. This is only the first idea that we had and we had to install it in a hurry. But now that we have it on, we can look into it in more detail and make it better for the next races.
Q: What are your options for next year?
AS: My contract with Force India runs out after this season. But for the moment there are no other options that I can talk about and at first I will talk to my team anyway. I am very happy here, but of course I will have to evaluate what the market is like, but for now it is still too early to say.
Q: During Q1 you found yourself in the gravel, how would you have felt if that was where your session ended?
AS: In the end it was okay, as I was able to get out, but I was running on slicks, and through the gravel it is basically impossible to steer. But luckily I managed to get out. I was just doing what all the others did and was focused on the car in front. Yes, it was quite a tense moment, but in the end it turned out well as the gravel is quite wide at this section.