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Force India vow to keep pushing
23 November 2011
Force India head into the final F1 weekend of the season at Brazil's Interlagos circuit fresh in the knowledge that their sixth position in the constructors' championship is virtually secured.
Their main rivals Sauber and Toro Rosso now languish some 15 points behind thanks to Force India's solid run of scoring points in twelve of the seasons eighteen races.
Despite this, both of their drivers see no reason to believe why they should stop pushing, showing testament to the Silverstone based teams approach all season.
Following yet another competitive performance last time out at Abu Dhabi in the shape of a double points finish, Adrian Sutil believes their car will once again suit the Interlagos circuit. The German ace also finds himself in a tussle for ninth in the drivers' championship just two points behind Renault's Vitaly Petrov - something the elder Force India driver has set his sights on.
"I think we should be strong in Interlagos," he said. "In Abu Dhabi we achieved the maximum because the cars ahead of us were too quick, so we have to aim for the same this weekend. Personally I would love to finish ninth in the drivers' championship and to do that I need to score at least four points."
Sutil also plans to change his fortunes around the Interlagos circuit having never scored a point in previous seasons.
"It's always a really special race," he said. "The crowd is very loud and they create an amazing atmosphere. Even when you are driving the car you can hear the crowd cheering. As for my results there, I have both good and bad memories. 2009 was great when I qualified third on the grid, but in the race things did not go to plan. In fact, I've never had much luck racing in Brazil and I've yet to score a point at Interlagos. I really want to change that this year!"
Team mate di Resta once again arrives at a circuit with no previous experience, not that it has managed to hamper his performances. The young Scotsman believes an aggressive approach is needed this weekend as fifth placed Renault lie fifteen points up the road.
Although this remains a mammoth task, the Brazilian GP's unpredictability coupled with a double points finish for the Silverstone squad could put them right in contention.
"To be honest I don't know a massive amount," said di Resta when asked about the circuit. "I've never driven there, although I was there last year as reserve driver. So I've seen the place and walked the track, but nothing more. It looks like quite a tricky circuit because it's undulating and there are some unusual corners. It's anti-clockwise, too, so that always makes it more physically demanding.
"It won't be any different to any other race. Yes, we have a comfortable gap over Sauber and Toro Rosso in the championship, but we still need to be aggressive and keep pushing. Renault are not too far ahead of us, although catching them will require quite an unusual race and a bit of luck, too. We need to pick up where we left off in Abu Dhabi so that we can hopefully have another double points finish – that would be an excellent way to end the season."
The young rookie also looks back on his terrific debut season; something he says will understandably live long in the memory.
"The year has been incredible and I've enjoyed every moment," he said. "It's flown by really quickly and I can't believe we're at the last race of the season already. The standout moments for me were my first race in Melbourne and qualifying sixth for my first British Grand Prix. The atmosphere at Silverstone was so special – unlike anything I've ever experienced – and that's something I will always remember."
by Simon Evans
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