Adrian Sutil says Force India’s 2011 car is reliable but not quick enough.
The German driver said: “We have a reliable car, which is positive, and this will help us during the first few races. But we still need to look for more speed and we require a little more time to understand the developments and aero side of the car.
“The first few races may be a little tough in that respect, but for sure we shall pick up our race pace soon.”
He reckons he should be able to score in Melbourne if his car makes it to the end: “I hope that I will be able to finish the race as last year the gearbox let us down.
“It is always a good feeling to finish the first race, as you then know that the season has really started. It was a crazy race in Australia last year when the rain came in; I think only ten cars made it to finish. This is also why I think it is so important to finish the race in Melbourne – there are usually points to be won if you see the chequered flag.”
New team mate Paul di Resta is looking forward to making his F1 debut after the Bahrain round was postponed.
He said: “I am very excited obviously, but it is a strange feeling as the first race was cancelled and everything was prepared for that.
“But the last few weeks have been pretty seamless and I am fully prepared for the race in Australia. I enjoyed the track last year and Melbourne is a great city.”
He is refraining from making any early predictions: “I am open minded and will be concentrating on performance, getting the best out of the car on the Friday and Saturday to see what areas we need to improve as a team for the race.
“As for my personal expectations I am going to be realistic and gauge how it goes over the weekend and focus on the job in hand.
“The winter was a continuation of last year; I have been fully focussed on fitness and working with the team. I started working on this year’s car on the simulator last year and this prepared me in the best way possible for the coming races.
“I have also been getting some personal things in my life in order too. With so much time taken up by travelling this year and all my concentration being focussed on the races, it was important to spend as much time with family and friends as possible over the winter.”
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