Adrian Sutil says he isn't concerned by Force India's late unveiling of the new VJM02 ahead of the 2009 Formula One season.
The team's decision to go into a technical partnership with McLaren Mercedes for the season ahead back in November had led to the Silverstone-based squad being one of the final teams to unveil its new car, which in turn has left the team behind its rivals in terms of pre-season testing.
With new restrictions in place for the 2009 campaign, Force India will have just eight days of running to prepare for the season-opener in Melbourne, but Sutil argued that the delays were worth it to get a better package in place.
“Signing with McLaren and Mercedes was the right decision to take all round,” he said. “Of course it delayed everything slightly, but we have a better overall package now. We have to make the testing days count as we are very limited, but in general it is better to have a decent car at the start of the year and to start a little bit later, than get going earlier with one that needs sorting out.
“The co-operation with McLaren and Mercedes has been good so far as the team can work more efficiently now and can concentrate on the aerodynamics and other areas of the car that have more impact on performance. It's a package from a world championship-winning team and it's the best we could get, so it's a great opportunity. That's why I think people are so motivated here now - it looks very promising.”
Having failed to score last season, despite coming close in Monaco before being taken out of the race by Kimi Raikkonen, Sutil will now look to try and bring home points during the season ahead although he was keen not to make too many predictions ahead of the start of the year.
“My aim this year is to finish all the races without any problems,” he said. “We had a lot of technical issues last year so our goal should be to reduce those problems and try to be reliable and consistent. The results will depend on the car.
“If the car is really good, as we all hope it will be, we should hope to get into the points and make the most of it, but right now I don't want to predict results or say too much, I just want to have a season without any problems and a much higher finish rate. Everything else depends on the package; we will see how it all turns out.”