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Sutil: Force India can score again this weekend

Adrian Sutil 'confident' and 'motivated' for this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix - and keen to put his Force India-Mercedes VJM03 in the points.
Force India F1's Adrian Sutil has said he has 'a feeling' he will be able to perform well again this weekend and once again score points for the Silverstone-based outfit.

Sutil got his first points of the season in Malaysia last time out and after holding off McLaren man Lewis Hamilton to take fifth place, was delighted to open his account for the F1 2010 season.

Now he is preparing for the Chinese Grand Prix, the fourth round on the schedule, and the German is bullish about his prospects ahead of Sunday's 56 lap race at the 5.451 kilometre circuit.

"It felt really good to finally get some points in Malaysia," Sutil said. "It was an exciting race as well in the end, racing against Lewis. Fighting against each other is always a pleasure, as we did it a lot in F3 and sometimes in F1. We have a lot of respect for each other; I am happy for him when he wins and he is happy for me when I do well.

"I was happy, relieved, proud - all of the above really - when we got to the finish. I knew we had the car to do it so it was only a matter of time before we scored some points. I'm now full of motivation for the rest of the season.

"The next race in China will be a bit different but there are some similarities to Malaysia as well. The circuit layout is different, of course, but you need a good top speed, which we have, and you need a little bit of downforce for the mid sector, for the slow corners so I think it should suit our car really well.

"I don't think we should be concerned about our performance at the moment, we are strong and we can fight in the top 10, and that's very encouraging at this point of the year.

"I'm definitely confident. I think we can show a very similar performance in China. Temperatures will be a bit cooler, but there is a long straight and you need to be very fast on that, and that's what our car can do. It has also the downforce required for the slow speed corners. My feeling is that we can perform well again in Shanghai."

Team-mate Vitantonio Luizzi meanwhile is equally confident that the Mercedes-powered VJM03 will allow them to challenge for a place in the top ten. Indeed while throttle problems sidelined him at Sepang, he will be out to replicate the form that saw him score in Australia and Bahrain.

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Friday Practice 1, Adrian Sutil (GER), Force India F1 Team, VJM03
Friday Practice 2, Adrian Sutil (GER), Force India F1 Team, VJM03
Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India Mercedes VJM03

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