After a busy winter testing schedule, the Force India Formula One Team drivers can finally look forward to the first race of the 2010 FIA F1 Championship season. Adrian Sutilis confident that the car is good enough to be in the top ten at Bahrain.
Adrian Sutil (car 14, VJM03/03):
Adrian, you've now finished the VJM03's winter testing programme - how did this go? "The baseline car we have now after 12 days of testing looks very good and promising. The changes we have made during the winter have all had a positive effect. Testing went well and although there was a lot of rain over the period, the last two days in Barcelona were OK. We did our long runs and a lot of work with the tyres so we are fully prepared. We are pretty confident that our car is good enough to be in the top ten in Bahrain."
From the testing, it is possible to see how the competition is faring? "You can see a little bit, but you can't be 100% sure as you never know what the other teams are doing with their programme. That said, you can tell that some of the big teams like McLaren and Ferrari look very strong on both the long runs and qualifying runs and are always on the top of the timesheets. I am expecting them to be on the top again in the race weekend but we are not far away and that's a really good sign."
One new addition to the team is a new team-mate for you in the form of Paul di Resta. You've raced against him before? "Yes, it was a long time ago, but in F3 in 2005 we raced against each other. I think he is a very good driver and it's great to have him on board in the team as he can help develop the car with us. He will do some Friday sessions too so will get some experience, it's a good opportunity for everyone."
Looking forward to Bahrain, what would be a good result for you? "Hopefully in the top ten and I think that should be possible. I would hope we could score a few points. For everything else, it is very difficult to say what else will happen, but I am fine with any position within the top 10 - that's my goal for the moment."Source Force India