Sutil: A big task to score points in India
21 October 2013 – Adrian Sutil says a "big task" lies ahead of Force India if points are to be recorded at the Indian Grand Prix, given the Silverstone-based outfit's struggles in recent races.
Although Vijay Mallya's squad enjoyed a storming start to the season with points finishes at seven of the opening eight races, it has suffered a dip in form since the German Grand Prix, where the first of Pirelli's tyre modifications were introduced.
And with top ten results recorded at just two of the past seven Grands Prix, Sutil has conceded that he and team-mate Paul di Resta will be hard pushed to score.
"I think scoring points will be a big task, but we will go there ready to fight," said Sutil. "The last couple of races have not been easy 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."
Di Resta was slightly more optimistic about the team's chances, adding: "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.
"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."
Force India currently occupies sixth position in the Constructors' standings on a total of 62 points, 17 ahead of the fast-approaching Sauber and 21 behind McLaren.