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Adrian Sutil & Paul di Resta – Q&A

4 September 2013


Q:
Adrian, you were back in the points at Spa – a good way to kick off the second part of the season…

Adrian Sutil:
I had to fight very hard for those points and I think that was the maximum we could get from the race. The encouraging thing is that our pace was a bit better than the previous race and I was able to overtake - that was the key to getting in the points.

Q:
Does the performance in Spa give you confidence for this weekend's race?

Adrian Sutil:
The car is very efficient and we showed good top speed in Spa, so I expect the same this weekend. We are usually quick at Monza and I remember Paul qualified well last year. Also, it's the track where I got my best result in Formula One in 2009 so historically it's one of our best tracks.

Q:
Paul, you were competitive in Spa, but unlucky in the race. What was your view on the overall performance?

Paul di Resta:
I feel we've certainly solved some of the issues we had in Hungary, but it's also apparent that some teams have caught up with us, and I don't think we've got the advantage that we had before. It's going to be a fight all the way, especially with teams like McLaren taking a step forward, and it will be an interesting end to the year. We need to keep optimising the car and we've still got a bit more potential to unleash from the tyre situation.

Q:
What about your hopes for this weekend in Monza?

Paul di Resta:
I'd like to say we can be competitive, but we have to see how it is when we get there on Friday morning. We had a very good qualifying session last year and we ended up fourth fastest so that's a good sign for this year.

Q:
Are you confident that the tracks coming up will suit the VJM06?

Paul di Resta:
I couldn't honestly predict at the moment. Based on our past performance, you'd say that Monza and Singapore are two of the stronger tracks for us. Going on Silverstone's qualifying performance, you would say Suzuka might work well for us, but the tyres have changed since then so it's hard to predict.

Q:
Adrian, what is your approach to the remaining eight races?

Adrian Sutil:
I'm always positive. We got points in Spa, but the next race is a new chance and we've got to keep scoring. The races coming up are very nice with some classics tracks: Monza, Singapore, Suzuka. They are some of my favourites tracks and I have a good feeling for this part of the season.


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