‘We’ll shed back-marker tag’

The mid-field target may take time to materialise but Force India driver Adrian Sutil is confident that the VJM02 will shed the back-marker’s tag early this Formula One season.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Melbourne | Published: March 26, 2009 12:12 am

The mid-field target may take time to materialise but Force India driver Adrian Sutil is confident that the VJM02 will shed the back-marker’s tag early this Formula One season.

Set to hit the track for the season opener at the Albert Park here on Sunday,Sutil oozed confidence about the car’s reliability even though he was modest about the outfit’s imminent goal. “I hope we can beat a few teams already at the start of the season but I don’t want to say too much. It’s a goal but perhaps not for the first race,” the German said.

Sutil didn’t read too much into the winter testing of the teams and said a clearer picture of where the teams stand would emerge only once the championship gets underway. “It’s difficult to say right now (where we are). The winter tests are always hard to get a real reading out of it as everyone is doing different programmes — you never know who is running light fuel or heavy fuel. We did our programme and I have a feeling where we will be,” he said.

And Sutil’s confidence stems from the fact that he would have a faster car at his disposal this year.

“I got a good impression (of the car) at the beginning. Balance wise I think it’s much better than last year.”

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