July.07 – The German F1 speedy Adrian Sutil thinks that Force India will be only just affected by new technical regulations coming into force at the British GP, and could move forward as a result. Formula 1 governing body – FIA has banned off-throttle blowing of diffusers from this weekend onwards, meaning that cars should have reduced stability under braking due to less downforce being generated by the rear of the car.
But, Sutil said that the team had never maximised the performance of its Mercedes-powered VJM04 with off-throttle blowing, and therefore had less to lose than others following its banning.
“It will hurt us less,” said the German. “It doesn’t seem as though we are losing too much, the drivability of the car is very similar. With the blown diffuser, we couldn’t get out everything we planned and sometimes the numbers in the wind tunnel told us much better than what worked on the circuit, so it didn’t translate really to the circuit.
“Now going back to the normal settings I think the balance will be quite good and probably, as I said, the others are going to lose more than ourselves.”