We are looking competitive, says Sutil
12 April 2013 – Force India driver Adrian Sutil believes his team is in a strong position as the Chinese Grand Prix weekend progresses, with the German having featured inside the top ten during both 90 minute free practice sessions at the Shanghai circuit on Friday.
Sutil, who edged out team-mate Paul di Resta in the afternoon, refrained from making serious predictions, but says the VJM06 has shown positive early signs at the venue.
"I’m feeling happy with how things went today," said Sutil, who finished the day eighth fastest. "There were no major issues and we managed to test a lot of different things on the car, especially on the aero side.
"The important thing now is to understand which are the right parts and the best settings to use for the rest of the weekend. In terms of the tyres there is a big difference between the compounds, with the medium performing better than the soft. I think we look quite competitive, but it’s too early to say exactly where we stand."
On the other side of the Force India garage, di Resta placed emphasis on Pirelli's Soft and Medium tyre allocation, describing a major difference between the compounds.
"I think the story of the day was mainly about tyres and trying to understand how to get the most out of them," di Resta commented. "We have done as much as we could, but I think everybody found there to be quite a big difference between the two compounds.
"Also, this is a track with characteristics that are always quite demanding on the tyres. We worked through the programme, tried a lot of different settings with the car and need to study the data carefully tonight to make the right decisions for the rest of the weekend."
Force India approached this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix on the back of a wheel nut related double retirement at Sepang, an issue the outfit believes is now resolved.