F1 »

Sutil: Points a reasonable goal

Force India's Adrian Sutil believes that he should be able to break into the top-eight today and score points in the European Grand Prix, despite failing to make it through to the top-ten shoot-out on Saturday.

Sutil had been right on the pace in practice and even topped the times in the final session prior to qualifying. However he was unable to progress to Q3, missing out by just one tenth of a second.

Despite that disappointment though, he is optimistic about his prospects for today's race. Indeed he is convinced that the improvements made to the VJM02 since Hungary, have definitely helped to improve the competitiveness of the car.

"We've been quick here all the weekend and everything is working very well," Sutil stated. "I'm really happy about the upgrades we've put on the car, the team is doing a great job. We've made a big step forward in the last couple of months and I'm really enjoying every session now.

"This morning was the best way to prepare for qualifying, but we knew it was not going to be possible to replicate this position. Conditions for qualifying were actually pretty tough with quite low grip and high temperatures but the lap times are very close - it seems to be a characteristic of this circuit.

"We were just a few hundredths from Q3 so we just missed out in the end. We are in a good position now though so it's a reasonable goal for us to say we want to score our first points here."

Giancarlo Fisichella however didn't do so well in the sister VJM02 and he went out in Q1. Consequently he will start from 16th, something he was not at all happy about.

"I am very disappointed with this result as I felt I could have easily got through to Q2 today," Fisichella added.

"Unfortunately on the last run I got caught in traffic on my first lap and then lost about six or seven tenths in the last sector on my second lap, otherwise I really feel we could have got through after the weekend we've been having so far. It's going to be a tough race."

Meanwhile Force India's chief race engineer Dominic Harlow concurs with Sutil that points are a real possibility at this event.

"Realistically Adrian was about where we expected to be in qualifying today and we are pleased that it's demonstrated again our continued improvement of pace.

"It's frustrating for Adrian to have just missed out on Q3 by the smallest of margins especially after getting P1 in FP3 on a reasonable fuel load, and equally for Giancarlo at the Q1 cut-off. There's no doubt though that the car has enough performance here to race with the top ten and there's a chance of points tomorrow," he summed-up.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Adrian Sutil [Pic credit: Force India]
Adrian Sutil [Pic credit: Force India]
25.06.2017 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010
25.06.2017 - Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08 leads Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010
25.06.2017 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010 leads Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MCL32
25.06.2017 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010
25.06.2017 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010
25.06.2017 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010 and Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10
25.06.2017 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10
25.06.2017 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40 leads Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10
25.06.2017 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
25.06.2017 - Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010 and Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C36
25.06.2017 - The trophy of Azerbaijan Grand Prix
25.06.2017 - Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010
25.06.2017 - Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010
25.06.2017 - Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10
25.06.2017 - Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


cris - Unregistered

August 23, 2009 11:18 AM

I really hope they get a point this time, they really deserve it specially Sutil who is like giving 200 percent on his car. I think if he has a better car he could be on a podium..



© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.