Adrian Sutil insists he hasn't given up on securing a strong result in the Brazilian Grand Prix despite the fact the Force India man will carry a grid penalty into the Interlagos race weekend.
The German was handed a five place penalty for clash with Kamui Kobayashi during the Korean GP and was also fined $10,000 after admitting to stewards that he was aware of a problem with the brakes on his car throughout the race.
Sutil's second straight DNF means he has now slipped to eleventh in the championship standings but despite the grid penalty, he said he was hopeful of a strong performance in Sao Paulo – where he qualified well on the second row of the grid last year.
“Last year I was third on the grid but we know going into the event that it won't be possible this season as we have the penalty from the Korean GP,” he said. “I didn't have a great race in Korea and now to have a penalty for the next race makes it even more disappointing.
“We never give up though and as we showed in the last race we have a very strong race pace and quite often a good strategy so we can make positions - Tonio moved up eleven positions in Korea. I'm very motivated to get over the penalty and get back ninth position in the drivers' championship and of course to do everything I can to help the team get to sixth in the constructors'.”
Sutil added that he felt that Force India's car should help him return to form having shown itself to be well suited to circuits like Interlagos.
“You need a car that's quick on the straights but also stable through the twisty section at the lower part of the track so getting a good balance is key,” he said. “Fortunately this year we've got a car that performs well on this type of track as we saw in Spa so I am very optimistic we can do a good job and get some more points.”