Buoyant Sutil targeting podium finishes
11 April 2013 – Adrian Sutil has set his sights on podium finishes after enjoying a largely positive start to the season. The German, who returned with Force India after a year on the sidelines, believes it is a realistic target to hold ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix.
Sutil, who led home team-mate Paul di Resta in a double points finish at the opening round in Australia, is certain that there is much more to come from his team after technical problems at Sepang scuppered the chance of another large points haul.
"We showed it’s possible here and there to get a good result. I think in Australia it was a good start to lead a race with this car. Nico did it last year (at Interlagos) and the next race was Australia, so two times in a row a Force India led quite a lot of laps in the race. It’s just a sign that with this car there’s definitely much more possible. A podium is my goal."
Sutil added that his Formula 1 comeback has been made much easier by the so far competitive VJM06 chassis, describing it as the best car of his Grand Prix career.
"Not too difficult," he said of his return. "I was just driving as fast as I could. I was happy to be back in the car. The car is very good; it’s the best car I’ve driven. It has a very neutral balance, it's quite good on the tyres and the race pace is very competitive.
"It was a good start in Melbourne, then disappointing in Malaysia because the pace was very, very good again but in qualifying we got caught out a little bit again with the rain. In the race, well, we saw the problems with the pit-stops, but we’ve solved those and we’re confident. I’m confident and move on to the next mission here in China."