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Sutil aims points at Silverstone

Press Trust Of India
Jun 28, 2011 at 07:56pm IST

Silverstone (England): Force India driver Adrian Sutil, who bounced back from a disappointing Montreal crash to finish ninth at European Grand Prix in Valencia, is looking forward to be among points again at the "local Grand Prix" at Silverstone.

"It's (Silverstone) a great track. What used to be the first sector, before they moved the pits, is amazing. It's a historical circuit and I like it, and it's a local Grand Prix for the team. It will be a busy weekend of course," Sutil said.

The German, however, said that the Silverstone circuit would be a difficult one to manoeuvre for all the drivers.

Sutil aims points at Silverstone

The Force India driver is looking forward to be among points again at the "local Grand Prix" here this weekend.

"I think we didn't lose too much with the qualifying map rule in Valencia, probably Renault lost out a little bit more.

This was the first time that we could beat both of them, so it's looking good. But Silverstone is going to be a difficult weekend for everyone, completely without blowing, with the high-speed corners. It might cause a lot of problems," he said.

Sutil passed Nick Heidfeld at the start, gained another spot when Michael Schumacher broke his wing but then dropped back one position when Jaime Alguersuari's two-stop strategy successfully played out and he felt the team had the "strongest weekend" at Valencia.

"I think it was about pure performance with this ninth position. It was our strongest weekend, I think. It was not the strategy, which meant we were in the points, it was just the speed, so I'm really happy about that," said Sutil of the Valencia race which saw 24 cars cross the finish line.

"It was a good weekend throughout, good qualifying, a good race, just a shame I couldn't get the eighth position in the end. I was fighting very hard, there was just not enough to get by," he said. .

Sutil was looking good to finish at eighth but eventually finished a position behind Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari, who took the Force India driver by surprise with a two-stop strategy.

"I was getting closer (to Alguersuari). We were both on primes, and he lost his tyre performance a little bit in the end, I had better tyres, but there was just not enough to pass. I think the DRS zone didn't work very well.

"The first activation point was far too late, and the second was not necessary, because there's a third gear corner where you can't be close at all, and we lose so much in the exit that you are never close enough to pass.

"I would need the whole first straight with DRS, but the activation was working 400m after the exit of the previous corner," said Sutil.

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