Adrian Sutil says he is eager to bounce back from a tough run of form when the F1 season resumes this weekend in Spain.
Having made a solid start to his return in Australia with a seventh place finish, Sutil has failed to score in the three races that followed, with the wheel nut issue that put both Sahara Force India cars out in Malaysia being followed by an accident in China and a 13th place in Bahrain after a puncture dropped him out of contention for points.
The German will now aim to get his campaign back on track in the opening European race of the year and he said he was confident of making up the points lost when the action gets back underway.
“The start of the season was good, especially if you consider I had only two or three test days to prepare,” he said. “Australia was a strong race and the best way to come back to Formula One. Since then I've been unlucky with being hit in China and the puncture in Bahrain, and I definitely missed out on a few good points.
“On the other hand there are lots of positives, especially the performance of the car and the experience of the races. It is still early in the season so there is more to come and the car is really fast. I'm sure we can recover the points we lost in the last few races.
“I know Barcelona really well from all the testing we've done there over the years. It is important, after three difficult races without points, to finish the race without any incidents. If I do that, I should have the pace to be among the front-runners. I have to do my job, avoid mistakes and hopefully my luck will change. Wherever we have gone so far, the car has been competitive, so the next few races should see us scoring points and close to the podium.”
Team boss Vijay Mallya backed Sutil to impress in Spain, insisting that his current tally of six points wasn't a true reflection of his performances so far.
“Adrian has shown his speed so far but the luck has not gone his way,” he said. “The last two races have been very frustrating because he's been the victim of other drivers' mistakes. Without these incidents he would surely have scored well in both China and Bahrain. His race pace in Bahrain was remarkable because he was one of the fastest cars on track.”