Adrian Sutil is expecting Force India to put in an improved performance at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.
Force India has scored just two points across the last four races, courtesy of ninth place for Sutil in Belgium.
“Since the new tyres came in it was clearly a step down for us,” Sutil said.
“We used to be able to do one less stop in the race which was a big advantage compared to others and also the general balance of the car was much better and we lost it a little bit now, last few races. Spa was still OK but Monza was a big disappointment. Coming here of course we try to improve our performance again.”
“I don’t think we get everything out of our package and we don’t develop the car any more – that’s clear – but it’s not different to other teams. So, we have to get back again where we used to be and I think even with this car what we have, we can show more in Singapore – here I expect a better performance.”
Force India is six points behind McLaren in the battle for fifth place in the Constructors’ Championship and while Sutil believes it is a big challenge for his team, he insists their task is not impossible.
“It would be a great success, of course. We are a few points behind now and it’s a very high target to complete but we showed, with a good car, it’s possible also to fight against McLaren and well, what can we do, we are professionals so we want to finally actually win races which is why we’re all here,” he said.
“That’s why we never give up so at the end of the season, who knows what’s going to happen? We only know that it’s a big challenge to beat McLaren but it’s not impossible and that’s why we’re pushing on. It would mean fifth position for us at the end of the year, that’s two better than last year and that means much better financial backing, of course, for the next year. So you can think about it by yourself, that definitely means a better chance for us next year to compete even better.”
Sutil added that he has not yet had talks with Force India with regards to 2014 but would be happy to stay with the team.
“I would be happy to do another year. I’m just back into Formula One, more than half a year only. It would be OK but I haven’t really lost too many thoughts about it yet. It’s quiet at the moment.”