Force India might have failed to replicate its last year’s feat at Spa but driver Adrian Sutil was a satisfied man after bringing his team back among points and the German said he would continue the impressive run in the next race in Monza.
Force India had a dream race at the Belgian Grand Prix last year with Giancarlo Fisichella, now a Ferrari test driver, giving the Silverstone-based team its first-ever pole, podium and championship points.
But this year even though the team failed to make it to the podium, Sutil, starting at eighth on the grid, brought home the VJM01 in the fifth spot and grabbed 10 valuable points for his team.
“It was a very good race. Starting in P8 you want to finish a little bit ahead, and that’s what happened. Fifth position was because of very good strategy and very good team work, so I’m happy,” Sutil said.
“Yes, it was a very good position. I’m hoping to keep it in the next race as well, because Monza could be quite good for us. I’m concentrating on scoring some points,” he said.
“I think we’ll have a good car in Monza, because the straight line speed is still very good,” he added.
Incidentally, the result is also the best for Force India in the current season after the German had finished fifth at Malaysian Grand Prix in the early part of the season.
Sutil is known for his driving skills on wet conditions and the German said had there been a little more rain, he could have made it to the podium in Spa.
“I think there was a chance to gain all the positions in front of me if there was a lot of rain. Suddenly the slick runners would have been involved in big chaos,” he said.
“Just a little bit more rain and I probably could have led the race after that. That was our thinking,” Sutil added.