Adrian Sutil says he is confident that Sahara Force India will be able to bounce back from its recent run of poor form when the F1 season resumes at Spa.
Having proven to be one of the revelations of the season during the early part of the year, the Silverstone-based team went into the summer break on something of a low, failing to score in either Germany or Hungary to see its advantage over McLaren in the race for fifth cut to just two points.
Changes to the Pirelli tyres have been blamed partly for the loss of form, with the team being forced to work over the summer break to come to terms with the revisions made – having previously proven to be one of the teams that had mastered the rubber provided by the Italian company at the start of the year.
Force India will also seek to benefit from the fact that the races to come are ones where it has previously been strong in the past, with Sutil saying he was hopeful of a return to form.
“All of us, the drivers and the team, should push very hard to be successful,” he told the official F1 website. “We had a very strong start to the season, but for the last few races it's much closer in the midfield so the tension is up. But there should be some circuits in the second half where we can be strong again.
“We have to see how much the others will improve over the next weeks, but my hope is that the next circuits will make things easier again for us. It's a nice and cozy feeling to be a permanent point-scorer so we want to get back there!
“I'm convinced we will be strong in Spa. I like the circuit very much. It's a really challenging one - a racers track! So watch out for us!”
Sutil, who previously said he would be happy to stay with Force India
for the 2014 season having made his return to the sport with the team this year, again reiterated that the team would be the first he would speak to about a drive.
“To be honest, I'm focused on now and on the next races,” he said. “There are so many rumours flying around, but my guess is that nobody really knows what's going on behind closed doors. Formula One is a complicated sport where a lot of aspects have to be taken into account before decisions are made - and sometimes these decisions are quite surprising.
“If I do my job well and they are happy, there will be good possibilities to stay. Sahara Force India will be the first team we talk with about the 2014 season.”