Adrian Sutil reckons the Sahara Force India F1 team faces a 'big task' to score points at the Buddh International Circuit this weekend.
The Silverstone-based outfit has struggled since the tyres were changed after the blow-outs at the British Grand Prix, and while Sutil managed to finish in the top-ten in Belgium and Singapore, he is not particularly optimistic about the squad's chances in its home race.
“I think scoring points will be a big task,” Sutil confirmed ahead of the 16th round in the 2013 F1 World Championship.
“But we will go there ready to fight,” he vowed. “The last couple of races have not been easy for us and I've struggled to get the balance and consistency with the car. We are moving forward, however - we've learned a lot from the last two races so hopefully that will help us find a direction that gives me the confidence to push the car harder.”
“It is special [to drive for Force India in India],” he added, “it's our home Grand Prix and to have the colours of the Indian flag on the side of the car makes it even more memorable. I remember the first race there two years ago - so many people came to the race, showing such strong support for our team.
“We were in the spotlight for the whole weekend and scoring points in the first Indian Grand Prix was very important for us.
“It's a very demanding track though, which requires stability and a good front end. There are some similarities with Korea with some long, flowing corners in the second and third sectors where the downforce is important. We will need to find a good balance to be able to exploit these characteristics.”
Team-mate Paul di Resta meanwhile finished just outside the top-ten in Japan last time out and he is determined to go at least one better in New Delhi.
“We didn't score points in Japan but we made some real progress with setting up the car, so going an extra step and getting in the top ten has got to be the goal this weekend,” continued the Scot. “Friday is going to be crucial because this is one of those tracks where finding the right rhythm with a well-balanced car really pays you back with lap time.”