Adrian Sutil says his season has improved as he’s become more familiar with the new Pirelli tyres.
Speaking in a video released by Force India he said: “The beginning was quite difficult for me as a driver because we changed the tyres.
“The tyres were very different to the Bridgestone tyres and also the car was not there where it should be so the car was difficult to drive. So both together was for me very hard to get the peak out and to maximise the performance.
“So I took a little while until I understood everything, the car got better, and then I was also doing much better results. The beginning was difficult but I think we handled it very well and where we are now is quite good.”
There are rumours Sutil’s place in the team is under threat from reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg. Sutil said he ‘d happy with his season so far:
“I would say quite a good season. Not too bad. Of course we started a little bit delayed and a little bit behind in the beginning.
“But after several point positions in the first race, and then Monaco, there was probably the situation in the race and being a little bit lucky, we got to a consistent points-scoring team, really, I would say from Silverstone to Germany.
“Germany onwards the car was getting much better, very competitive and always finished in the top ten, most of the time in Q3. So from there on it was very good. We’ve still got a few rounds and of course we need to push on.
“We would love to do it even more consistently from the beginning to the end but this time it was not possible. We had to change several things in the winter so that’s why I’m quite happy so far with the season. It always can be better but for us as a team, we’re challenging the big teams and Force India is still a small one so we can be very proud of it.”
The team will be participating in its first home race next week in India. Sutil said: “It’s very exciting for us and for myself to be in an Indian team for the first ever Indian Grand Prix.
“I’ve been in this team since the beginning so it’s nice to see them now going to their home Grand Prix, with me as a part of it, so for sure it’s going to be a different feeling on the grid.
But also during the race weekend, we have a big PR schedule, a lot of events. But I’m sure at the same time on Sunday a lot of fans will cheer for us. They’re going to be a special crowd and of course we all hope to do very well there.”
Team principal Vijay Mallya said when he took over the team in 2008 that he would like a podium finish in the first Indian Grand Prix. Sutil believes the team should set itself a more realistic target, saying a top five finish would be “amazing”:
“I know he said that many years ago but we shouldn’t put ourselves too much under pressure because then it just doesn’t work. We know how to do our best job and we just have to focus and stay concentrated and whatever comes, you can’t influence it anyway. So let’s see. With luck, maybe a podium. I wouldn’t say no.”
Force India also released a video interview with Paul di Resta:
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