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Sutil: Anything is possible in Singapore

21 September 2011

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.”