Adrian Sutil insists that another points finish is the aim for Monaco although – as the Force India man knows well – 'anything can happen' on the challenging street circuit.
The German looked well placed to score the first points for his team during the Monaco GP back in 2008 before he was unceremoniously punted out by Kimi Raikkonen in the closing stages.
This time around, Sutil heads to the principality with a car more than capable of fighting for points after another solid showing in Spain yielded seventh place although he admits that making predictions about Monaco is a difficult game.
“I think in Monaco, as always, everything is possible,” he said. “You never know what will happen. The race is long, and a lot of mistakes can be made. You just need to stay concentrated and focused all the way through, and then you can have a good result. That's our main goal. I think for us every circuit - it doesn't matter where - we want to score points. And that's what I want.
“For Monaco we have another package, and that should help us a lot. I can't wait to get there: I like the circuit, and I've kind of had good results there. Kind of, I'm saying! I remember in 2008 with the accident with Kimi being very close to a great finish, but it didn't happen. This year is a very different situation. I have a good car, and it doesn't matter which weather is around. If we have a good qualifying there, which is very important, a couple of points are possible there, or even more.”
Team boss Vijay Mallya said he too was confident going into the weekend and felt that both Sutil and team-mate Tonio Liuzzi should be able to fight for top ten finishes.
“Very clearly we're strong in some areas and on a track like Monaco, which requires a lot of downforce, I think our car will perform well,” he said. “We have a little additional downforce package for Monaco, and both drivers are very much looking forward to it. Both have consistently done well there, so I'm also looking forward to being well into the points.
“Adrian certainly feels good. I've never in the last three years seen Adrian be so happy and excited, and have such confidence. Tonio also takes confidence there knowing he has had some good results and has a good car underneath him. We're very optimistic.”