Force India F1 team's Adrian Sutil has said he is 'hopeful' of a good showing in qualifying following his form on Friday in practice for the Canadian Grand Prix.
Sutil had a bit of a slow start and was only eleventh this morning, but he improved his time by almost two seconds this afternoon and finished the day in sixth, his best lap a 1 minute 17.415 seconds.
“It went OK today. I had a small issue at the end of the morning session so I missed my final run of first practice. The team did a great job to fix it over lunch though and we could put in a really good session in the afternoon,” Sutil stated.
“After the delays we had in Turkey we could finally do a comparison between the standard rear wing and the switchable rear wing and I could see the difference it made. In addition to the set up and baseline work we also completed our normal tyre programme.
“The surface grip is one of the lowest in the calendar and the car is moving around a lot so the soft tyre is quite difficult to use, particularly on the long runs. Over one lap it is much better but to go over any sort of distance is very hard as the tyre just grains up so much.
“It's the same for everybody though so we'll look at the information overnight and hopefully there will be a little bit more grip tomorrow when there has been more running. The times look pretty good and I felt comfortable so I'm really hopeful of a good result in qualifying.”
Vitantonio Liuzzi meanwhile, who has switched back to the chassis he used in the opening four grand's prix, was a lot more happier and as a result he enjoyed a productive day. Indeed he set the eighth best time in FP1 and the tenth fastest in FP2.
“Today was very positive and definitely a good place to start from,” Liuzzi continued. “We went in a good direction and got a lot of information to look at for the qualifying. Everything felt a bit better and I was more comfortable, which shows in the times, but it's difficult to compare here with other races as the track doesn't have any grip at all right now.
“Overall I think we're looking pretty good, particularly with the harder tyre - I think we are spot on with the set-up on this compound. I didn't get a clear run on the new option tyres in FP2, which was a shame as you only get a couple of laps where they can work at the optimum. It will be an interesting weekend and I think we can be quite encouraged by the speed we've shown here today.”
Force India's chief race engineer, Dominic Harlow, added: “We're satisfied with what was achieved today. The track was very dirty to start with, but things gradually improved. Aside from one glitch this morning on Adrian's car the programmes were well executed. Free Practice two's tyre evaluations were interesting and there's certainly plenty to think about for the race. Our performance seems reasonable, and with one or two improvements that we can make for tomorrow I think we can be competitive in qualifying and in the race on Sunday.”