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Adrian Sutil enjoys a day in the lead

Sutil is aiming for a podium finish this season after discovering the competitiveness of Force India’s VJM06
Sunday, March 17, 2013

March 17th, 2013 (F1Plus / Jacob Polychronis) - Adrian Sutil spent a large portion of Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix in the lead, until his tyres inevitably succumbed to the pressures of a two-stop strategy. Nonetheless, Sutil’s race was impressive as he retained the lead after his first pit-stop. Eventually, it was the requirement to use the fragile supersoft compound that was his undoing.

Sutil, speaking after the race, expressed his surprise to be running at the front. Furthermore, he showed his delight at the competitive nature of his car.

“No I wasn’t expecting that (leading the race). I came back to do better and it was a great feeling to be straight up there. So I just tried to keep concentrating and use my chance. I was amazed that we could actually be competitive at the front and I could gain my 1st position back after my pit stop. – I knew we were going to lose a few places as we were on an opposite strategy. Nevertheless, 7th position for the first race, leading for kilometres – we showed what’s possible. It’s just a sign you should never give up and always believe everything is possible.

"It was nice to see P1 on my board but it’s very important to keep your emotions under control in the sport.”

7th position was likely to be a highly desirable finish for Sutil had it been proposed to him on the grid, where he started in 12th. Considering Sutil led for a sizeable period of the race though, some suggested that he had the right to be disappointed by falling back 6 positions. This was a suggestion that he immediately rejected, although he admitted that a higher position was attainable. Speaking to, Sutil said:

“I’m not disappointed, it was a great comeback. – I was fighting for 5th position and I lost it because I had so much graining at that time. If that graining wasn’t there, I think I could have finished 5th. But that’s how the tyre reacts, everyone had to run this tyre, so I shouldn’t be disappointed.”

It was the impressive display in Melbourne that has now sparked dreams of a podium finish in the near future for Sutil. When asked about his expectations for next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, Sutil seemed confident:

“We showed we are absolutely strong enough to score points, and I’m always aiming for my first podium. I’ve wanted to do that for a long time. Whenever it (the opportunity) comes I want to be ready. That’s the target for this year, maybe it happens, maybe not but I will push for that. – we were 7th and 8th today, maybe we can be 5th and 6th next race, maybe 8th or 9th – but definitely points for every race.”

There were many positives acquired by Sutil this weekend in Melbourne. Although a podium finish may be considered far-fetched, points for every race seems entirely possible for Force India this year.  

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