Force India will not repeat 2009 Spa domination - Sutil
(GMM) Force India is unlikely to repeat its shock 2009 feats of pole position and a podium when it returns to Spa-Francorchamps in just over two weeks.
|Last year's podium at Spa with Giancarlo Fisichella (L) starting 1st and finishing 2nd not likely to be repeated|
Last year at the famous Belgian track, then Force India driver Giancarlo Fisichella paved his way to a Ferrari seat by securing pole position and racing to second place.
And two weeks later at Monza, his teammate Adrian Sutil qualified on the front row, finishing fourth and setting the fastest lap of the race.
In 2010, despite scoring 47 points to be a solid sixth in the constructors' standings, the new VJM03 has been falling into the clutches of the improving Williams and Sauber cars at recent races.
German Sutil, 27, is confident about the forthcoming high-speed Spa-Monza venues but is not expecting a repeat of 2009.
"Last year we had an incredible car there, it was a big advantage. We don't have that advantage any more," he is quoted in the Indian press.
"Still, we should be able to score a lot of points in the coming races. We have a very good chance in Spa and Monza," said Sutil.
But he is less confident about some of the other remaining races, pointing to the delay in getting the car's blown diffuser up and running.
"We have to get it upgraded now, we are losing to the competitors a little bit in the diffuser area," admitted Sutil.
Similarly, Robert Kubica says it is imperative that Renault finally gets its F-duct up and running for the final leg of the 2010 calendar.
"At Monza and Spa, we will need it," the Pole is quoted by Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.