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Exclusive Q&A with Force India’s Adrian Sutil 27 Jun 2013

Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 walks the track with Race Engineer Bradley Joyce (GBR).
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Preparations, Silverstone, England, Thursday, 27 June 2013 Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India VJM06.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race Day, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 9 June 2013 Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 on the drivers parade.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 26 May 2013 Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India VJM06.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Saturday, 25 May 2013 Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Practice, Barcelona, Spain, Friday, 10 May 2013

Despite more than his fair share of bad luck in recent races, Adrian Sutil has made a convincing return to Formula One racing this season after a year away, particularly with his spectacular fifth place in Monaco. Tenth at the following round in Canada may have been a disappointment, but now Sutil is aiming high again for his team’s home race at Silverstone, where we caught up with him on Thursday…

Q: Adrian, you seem to be the unluckiest driver of the season so far. Several times you have looked set for a fantastic result only for misfortune to throw you back. Can you talk us through your Montreal race - the last unhappy incident?
Adrian Sutil:
Ha, I wouldn't say I'm more unlucky than others, but it’s true that there have been some races in the past where I should have achieved better results. Things like in Montreal shouldn't happen. There was a chance to overtake Bottas as he had a bad exit out of the corner, but it didn't work out and I unfortunately spun. Next time I would wait and overtake him on the straight because the speed was in my car.

Q: The good news is that the car seems to be working on every track. Does that compensate a bit for the bad luck?
AS:
Oh yes, for sure. The team is doing a fantastic job and the car is great. It’s been fun to drive it on every track we’ve been to so far - and I cannot imagine that this will change in the future. Fingers crossed!

Q: Force India have delivered more than expected thus far in 2013. Can you explain how the team started the season so well and how they are able to remain at that level?
AS:
As I just said, the team is working and pushing very hard and so we are in a good position. The car had already been strong last year and we were able to keep that momentum. We started with a good car and are constantly improving at every race. We will not let that slip away from us without heavy resistance. (laughs)

Q: It has been asked many times before - it is such a good story to see a small team taking on one of the big guns - but how is it to see Force India still ahead of McLaren in the team standings?
AS:
Believe me, we are very motivated to stay ahead of McLaren, although it will be very, very hard. But we will fight for it. The season is still very long and it could turn to our side as well. There is no written law that a team - even a famous one - always has to be at the upper end of the pecking order.

Q: How satisfied are you with your personal performance - leaving aside the glitches that have cost you so many valuable points?
AS:
I'm pretty happy with my performance so far, but I also try to learn and push every day. If you stop doing that, that is the time you should wave goodbye to Formula One…

Q: We are almost at the mid-season point, when thoughts about ‘hiring-and-firing’ for next year tend to start. What are your plans for 2014?
AS:
Would it be surprising if I say that I am concentrating fully on 2013? There is no action concerning next season yet.

Q: Coming back to the racing, there will be no changes to the tyre specs this weekend? Are you happy about that?
AS:
The tyres are the same for every team. Luckily for us, we’ve managed them quiet well so far. Having said that, is it a surprise that I'm happy as it is? No, not really. So let’s hope that it stays as it is - and that we do not ‘forget’ how to use them best.

Q: Silverstone is the home race for quite a number of teams, but especially so for Force India, whose factory is within walking distance of the track. How are you going about the weekend?
AS:
I love Silverstone and as it looks as though we do have three ‘home’ Grands Prix: Silverstone, Nurburgring and India. That is not bad. But of course with the vicinity to our factory it is always something special to race here: once a year our engineers who normally work only in the factory have the chance to just walk over and see the result of their constant endeavours.

Q: Will we see another Force India success story this weekend, with a happy ending for you?
AS:
Nothing to say against it. I would love to score as many points as possible, of course. And I'm still fighting for my first podium, so doing it here would be an extra thrill. (laughs)

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