New Pirelli compounds may reduce Force India's advantage: Adrian Sutil

Jul 26, 2013, 00:17 IST | Amit Kamath

German driver is confident of ending among points in the Hungarian GP

Force India’s Adrian Sutil believes that with the introduction of the new Pirelli compounds from the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend, the team will lose a bit of the advantage it had over many of its rivals this season.

Adrian Sutil
Adrian Sutil at the Malaysian GP. PIC/Getty Images

Sutil, who set the second fastest time on the third day of the young drivers test held at the Silverstone circuit last week, said, “The tyres were different (at Silverstone). The car behaviour and balance was a bit different too. But the tyre itself is more consistent, easier to understand and handle.

“That’s (the tyres) probably a bit of an advantage we had at the beginning of the season that won’t be so high anymore. We did our homework well (before the season started). So, the tyres suited us better than others. Now with the new construction there’s a bit more equality.”

Sutil does not have too many happy memories of the Hungaroring circuit — having never finished among the points in five attempts. However, come Sunday, Sutil, whose 14th place finish last season was his best performance at the Hungarian GP, will look forward to put his best foot forward in what will be his 100th GP.

“My goals remain the same as when I started and that’s to win races. I still love the sport and I hope I can continue to drive these amazing cars for a long time. We (Force India) can be back in the top 10 and score some points,” he said.

The German refused to rule out a move to a different team next season but added, “I don’t know (about switching teams). It depends on who moves where. For the moment, I’m planning my future with Force India.”

Force India this season
> Paul Di Resta is 9th in the drivers standings with 36 points while Adrian Sutil is 11th (23 pts).
> The team is 5th in the constructors championship with 59 points. 

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