Adrian Sutil has admitted that he has high hopes for Force India F1 in this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix, forecasting that the high-downforce nature of the Marina Bay street circuit will better suit the VJM04 than did ultra-fast Monza last time out.
Sutil was forced out-of-contention in the Italian Grand Prix with hydraulic issues less than ten laps in, but the German has troubled the points-scorers in Singapore before – taking the chequered flag ninth in last year's edition of the floodlit race – and he is optimistic of being able to do so again twelve months on, as FIF1 strives to maintain its newly-acquired sixth position ahead of Sauber in the constructors' standings.
“The low-downforce configuration of Monza did not really work that well for us,” the 28-year-old mused, “but Singapore should be better. It's the opposite of how it was before – we are now more competitive on downforce circuits, so we should be quite strong. It is quite an interesting circuit – perhaps not my favourite, but there are some challenging corners and over the years, I've grown to like it more-and-more. Plus, I always enjoy the challenge of street circuits.
“I think we were lucky [to score points] at Monza, because a few cars retired in front of Paul [di Resta – team-mate]. Then again, we were due some luck! We overtook Sauber in the championship, which is good, and we need to build on that and get some breathing space. With a good strategy, I think anything is possible in Singapore.”