Q&A with Adrian Sutil

Date published: September 30 2011

Adrian Sutil reviews his Singapore GP weekend, which saw Force India bring both cars home in the points…

Adrian Sutil reviews his Singapore GP weekend, which saw Force India bring both cars home in the points…

Q: Singapore was a great result for the team, but in retrospect would you have liked to have swapped strategies with Paul?
AS: It was a little bit unlucky for me! But at the moment we are thinking as a team, and especially our fight with Sauber in the constructors’ championship. That’s very important, and we did the maximum as a team. I let Paul through because he was on a different strategy, he was on the softer tyre by then, and he was a bit faster. Then, after three laps the safety car came out, and I had to queue up behind him in the pitlane.

Q: Did you lose some time in the pits?
AS: I think I could have jumped Nico Rosberg, as our pit stop was still very good. But when I wanted to leave the pits again I had to wait because a Sauber was coming in. I lost over three seconds, and that’s where I lost out to Nico. Then after that I was behind him, preserving my tyres as much as I could. In the end it got very close, I was following him very closely, but I was just not able to pass him. At the same time I was also lucky that I finished in eighth because Felipe Massa was pushing hard in the last few laps.

Q: You seemed to be involved in fights a lot of the time, with Rosberg, Sergio Perez, and others. Was it an enjoyable race?
AS: It was quite an enjoyable race, and very tough: a lot of heat in the car, and such a long race – with the safety car it was almost two hours again! I think it’s the hardest one of the season.

Q: Was it encouraging that the car was up there once again on a different type of track?
AS: Yes, and this car works better at high downforce circuits than low downforce circuits actually, so we’re looking good for the next few races.

Source: Force India