Force India's Adrian Sutil is eyeing a good result in Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix, despite the uncertain weather forecast.
The Interlagos track is notorious for its changeable climate and the final round of the F1 2011 season tomorrow could well be wet. Sutil though, is ready to take any opportunity that comes his way from eighth on the grid, and difficult conditions could be the perfect chance for him to end the year with a bang.
“Another good qualifying session for me to carry on a strong weekend. I had a good feeling all afternoon and I really enjoyed the session because the balance of the car felt great. Eighth is a good place to start and I'm feeling confident for tomorrow – whether it's wet or dry,” he said.
Sutil is not short of motivation for tomorrow's race and with rumours continuing to circulate that he will be replaced by compatriot Nico Hulkenberg, a good result would do him no harm whatsoever.
The German is also targeting the 'best of the rest' spot in the driver's championship behind the drivers' from the top four teams, something that is clearly on his mind.
“I hope we can come away with a lot of points because I'm targeting ninth place in the drivers' championship. That would be a nice way to end the season,” he added.
By contrast Sutil's team-mate Paul di Resta struggled to match his Friday form, and was concerned by his difficulties after just missing the cut in Q2. He will start eleventh.
“I knew it was going to be quite a tough session because I was suffering with a top speed delta compared to Adrian's car and we've not been able to fully understand why that's the case. It meant I was giving away some time on the straights, which is a little frustrating,” he admitted.
All is far from lost for the Briton, however, and he is still optimistic, especially given the likelihood of rain.
“There's rain forecast for tomorrow and we know the car has been competitive in the wet so hopefully we can capitalise on that. And if it's dry we should be strong because our pace during long runs has looked pretty good,” he concluded.
by Philip Barclay