Formula 1 News

Sutil and Di Resta views on the Bahrain Circuit

Force India is tied in 5th place with McLaren in the constructors Championship thanks to the 14 points brought together by its drivers.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

April 17th, 2013 (F1plus).- At this time, there’s no doubt Force India team and its VJM-06 is the real deal, at least within the hard contested middle of the pack group. Last weekend misfortune hit Adrian Sutil hopes for a good finish as his race was over when distracted Gutierrez slammed his car from behind.

On the other hand, Scot Paul di Resta had a good race and finished eight for second time this season. This gives reasons to the team in general to believe in the potential of the car, yet they understand there's much more to do.

Here, both drivers share their views in regard their driving experience in China and what lies up ahead.

Paul di Resta

You were back in the points in China with a great drive – tell us how it felt in the car…
Overall it was a good result when you consider how the first half of the race went. I was stuck in traffic, my tyres were graining and I couldn’t move forward. Fortunately we got ourselves into some clean air after my second pit stop and I think we showed that the potential of the car is very strong. We thought we would have to go on the softs at the end and overtake some cars, but we had such good speed that we managed to jump them with our strategy. In the end we left China feeling pretty satisfied, but knowing that there is more potential to come.

What are your thoughts on Bahrain?
I’m looking forward to it. We’re back in the hot weather and we were strong in the heat of Malaysia so there are no real worries. Last year the car worked well in Bahrain, which gives us confidence heading into the weekend. We’ve got a few things to understand and I think we can go forward a bit more. We’re back to the medium and hard, the same as we had in Malaysia, where we were strong.

What do you need from the car there?
A bit more speed, as we always do! We need a clearer weekend; we don’t need things to go wrong, as they did in FP3 in China. It lost us a session, lost us a few hundredths, and that would have made the difference to put us out of position in qualifying to have an easier first lap. So that will be the plan - to be more consistent.

Adrian Sutil

Adrian, sum up your feelings after China…
The race was very short. I had a little incident with Paul early on, but we spoke about it, and there’s no problem. For the next few laps I was catching up the cars in front and then Gutierrez just missed his braking point and crashed into my rear. It’s frustrating, but what can you do? He will learn so there are no hard feelings. Hopefully he will not do it again.

Looking at where Paul finished would it have been easy to get some good points?
It’s never easy, but I think we can learn quite a lot out of the race. The pace was not so good at the beginning, but much better at the end. We have to understand why. Paul got some good points for the team, but we lost some pace this weekend in general, and there were quite a few quick cars who didn’t finish the race. So we have to get a move on in Bahrain! It should be better for us there.

Is Sakhir a track you enjoy?
I like it, yes. With a good car I like almost every circuit. The track is not one of the most difficult ones, but it has a lot of big braking points, so you need a strong car on the brakes. The heat is very different to China, with very high temperatures, and also there’s a different combination of tyres.

Your Comments

Next F1 Race

Italy
Sep 7
Italy

Formula 1 News

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Juncadella in running for Force India seat

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Alonso responds to rumours about future

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Renault declares Red Bull new 'works team'

F1plusStore

F1 Standings

Drivers
Teams
1 Nico Rosberg 220
2 Lewis Hamilton 191
3 Daniel Ricciardo 156
4 Fernando Alonso 119
5 Valtteri Bottas 110
6 Sebastian Vettel 98
1 Mercedes 411
2 Red Bull Racing 254
3 Ferrari 158
4 Williams F1 150
5 McLaren 111
6 Sahara Force India 100

View complete standings table »

F1plusStore

Last F1 Race

Belgian Grand Prix
Spa-Francorchamps, Spa-Francorchamps
1
Daniel Ricciardo
Red Bull Racing
2
Nico Rosberg
Mercedes
3
Valtteri Bottas
Williams F1
Fastest Lap

Nico Rosberg
1'50.511s

Pole Position

Nico Rosberg

View all »

Follow Us