September 3rd, 2013 (F1plus).- A good story was the one Force India was writing the first third part of the season, but then under the pressure of few teams combined with certain blowouts at Silverstone prompted a revision on the tyres, something that spoiled part of that good story the team was putting together.
At some point McLaren was sitting one step below in the standings, but that changed as of lately.
Last races have been tough for the Silverstone based team, but at Spa a double point finish was ruined by Maldonado acrobatics. More importantly, the VJM-06 looked better, giving reason to believe that improvement is very much possible.
Both drivers, Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil share their views ahead of the Italian GP to take place as usual, at the Circuit of Monza, the fastest of them all.
Paul di Resta
Paul, you were competitive in Spa, but unlucky in the race. What was your view on the overall performance?
I feel we’ve certainly solved some of the issues we had in Hungary, but it’s also apparent that some teams have caught up with us, and I don’t think we’ve got the advantage that we had before. It’s going to be a fight all the way, especially with teams like McLaren taking a step forward, and it will be an interesting end to the year. We need to keep optimising the car and we’ve still got a bit more potential to unleash from the tyre situation.
Are you confident that the tracks coming up will suit the VJM06?
I couldn’t honestly predict at the moment. Based on our past performance you’d say that Monza and Singapore are two of the stronger tracks for us. Going on Silverstone’s qualifying performance, you would say Suzuka might work well for us, but the tyres have changed since then so it’s hard to predict.
What about your hopes for this weekend in Monza?
I’d like to say we can be competitive, but we have to see how it is when we get there on Friday morning. We had a very good qualifying session last year and we ended up fourth fastest so that’s a good sign for this year.
Adrian, you were back in the points at Spa – a good way to kick off the second part of the season…
I had to fight very hard for those points and I think that was the maximum we could get from the race. The encouraging thing is that our pace was a bit better than the previous race and I was able to overtake - that was the key to getting in the points.
Does the performance in Spa give you confidence for this weekend’s race?
The car is very efficient and we showed good top speed in Spa, so I expect the same this weekend. We are usually quick at Monza and I remember Paul qualified well last year. Also, it’s the track where I got my best result in Formula One in 2009 so historically it’s one of our best tracks.
What is your approach to the remaining eight races?
I’m always positive. We got points in Spa, but the next race is a new chance and we’ve got to keep scoring. The races coming up are very nice with some classics tracks: Monza, Singapore, Suzuka. They are some of my favourites tracks and I have a good feeling for this part of the season.