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Q&A with Force India’s Adrian Sutil

Q: Singapore was a great result for the team, but in retrospect would you have liked to have swapped strategies with Paul?
AS: It was a little bit unlucky for me! But at the moment we are thinking as a team, and especially our fight with Sauber in the constructors’ championship. That’s very important, and we did the maximum as a team. I let Paul through because he was on a different strategy, he was on the softer tyre by then, and he was a bit faster. Then, after three laps the safety car came out, and I had to queue up behind him in the pitlane.

Q: Did you lose some time in the pits?
AS: I think I could have jumped Nico Rosberg, as our pit stop was still very good. But when I wanted to leave the pits again I had to wait because a Sauber was coming in. I lost over three seconds, and that’s where I lost out to Nico. Then after that I was behind him, preserving my tyres as much as I could. In the end it got very close, I was following him very closely, but I was just not able to pass him. At the same time I was also lucky that I finished in eighth because Felipe Massa was pushing hard in the last few laps.

Q: You seemed to be involved in fights a lot of the time, with Rosberg, Sergio Perez, and others. Was it an enjoyable race?
AS: It was quite an enjoyable race, and very tough: a lot of heat in the car, and such a long race – with the safety car it was almost two hours again! I think it’s the hardest one of the season.

Q: Was it encouraging that the car was up there once again on a different type of track?
AS: Yes, and this car works better at high downforce circuits than low downforce circuits actually, so we’re looking good for the next few races.

Source: Force India


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