Force India preview the Indian GP


Force India’s Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil are looking to turn their fortunes around in India after a dismal run of form…

Force India’s Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil are looking to turn their fortunes around in India after a dismal run of form…

Paul Di Resta
Q: Paul, this will be your third Indian Grand Prix. How important is this race for the team?
PdR: This is always a massive event for us and comes at the end of a very busy week because we will be spending a few days in Delhi ahead of the race to meet the local media and fans. We come to India several times during the year and you can see the growing enthusiasm of the fans. It’s great that we get to spend time with them and show them the thrill of Formula One up close.

Q: What do you think of the track?
PdR: I think the layout is one of the best from the new generation of tracks. Sector one stands out for me because it’s where you can really challenge somebody – it’s got long straights and big braking zones and can make for some exciting battles. The rest of the track has elevation changes and off-camber corners so it’s a challenging combination for the engineers as it’s important to have good mechanical grip.

Q: Have you set any expectations ahead of the weekend?
PdR: We didn’t score points in Japan but we made some real progress with setting up the car, so going an extra step and getting in the top ten has got to be the goal this weekend. Friday is going to be crucial because this is one of those tracks where finding the right rhythm with a well-balanced car really pays you back with lap time.

Adrian Sutil
Q: Adrian, you’re coming back to India behind the wheel of a Sahara Force India. Does it feel extra special?
AS: It is special – it’s our home Grand Prix and to have the colours of the Indian flag on the side of the car makes it even more memorable. I remember the first race there two years ago – so many people came to the race, showing such strong support for our team. We were in the spotlight for the whole weekend and scoring points in the first Indian Grand Prix was very important for us.

Q: What are your chances of picking up points this year?
AS: I think scoring points will be a big task, but we will go there ready to fight. The last couple of races have not been easy for us and I’ve struggled to get the balance and consistency with the car. We are moving forward, however – we’ve learned a lot from the last two races so hopefully that will help us find a direction that gives me the confidence to push the car harder.

Q: And what about the track – what do you need from the car?
AS: It’s a very demanding track which requires stability and a good front end. There are some similarities with Korea with some long, flowing corners in the second and third sectors where the downforce is important. We will need to find a good balance to be able to exploit these characteristics.