Q&A with Adrian Sutil
Adrian Sutil was disappointed after failing to score in Italy, however, the Force India driver is intent on returning to the points in Singapore...
Q: You lost some places on the first lap. What went wrong?
AS: I was just in the wrong place everywhere! The start was not particularly good, and in the first corner I think it was Rubens Barrichello who went a bit wide, and I had to react to avoid an accident. I was already somewhere outside, trying to do the chicane. I lost three positions and didn't have a good exit out of the corner into the other chicane, and lost another two positions there. Then I went off the circuit at Parabolica when I was on the outside of Tonio.
Q: That put you more or less last. Is that why you decided to get the tire change over with?
AS: The race was nearly over, as I was behind everybody. I did one more lap and came into the pits. The tires were OK, but as I had to overtake all the slower cars we thought it was better to get the stop out of the way and get some free air and try a whole race on the hard set.
Q: Did the plan work at first?
AS: It worked quite well in the beginning, but in the middle the laps times didn't really look too competitive anymore. I planned to stay out, and then I damaged my front wing a little bit. I was really close behind Pedro de la Rosa, but whether it was a curb or I just hit him slightly, I don't know. Anyway it was my mistake, I was just a bit late on the brakes there.
Q: So you had to give up your plan to race to the flag?
AS: Yes. We changed to another set of soft tires, and we had some quite good lap times in the end. Monza was a good chance to score, but there are some interesting tracks coming, some with unpredictable weather.
Q: Are you looking forward to some of those venues?
AS: A lot can always happen. I think we'll be good in Japan, it's my circuit! Singapore should also be good. I'm really looking forward it already.
Q: Do you think the car will be competitive in Singapore?
AS: It's a difficult circuit, and you still need a lot of grip. Last year it was not so good for us, but we have a different package this year. The car is good on medium downforce circuits, as we saw in Spa. Also Monaco was not so bad for us, so we can be quite competitive in Singapore. The aim is just to score points. The goal is to keep the team ahead of Williams, and for me personally, catch Michael Schumacher again. He passed me by one point after Monza.
Q: You haven't had much luck in Singapore with accidents in both years so far.
AS: Yes, but those times are over for me. I've had a good season and luck is on my side!
Source: Force India