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Adrian Sutil in Malaysia: Force India again good for a surprise

Adrian Sutil in Malaysia
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F ure to Adrian Sutil the last four weeks must have felt like a dream. First the last-minute signing of Force India, then three good days of testing in Barcelona and finally the first eleven lead laps in Australia. In Malaysia, the German seemed to be able to continue the good series. In the first training session he finished sixth. But in the second training session it didn't go according to plan for the first time.

Oil pressure in the engine drops

'We had a bit of oversteer in the first practice session and changed the set-up in the second practice session. Then we suddenly had too much understeer. We went around in circles,' reports the German. In addition to the struggle with balance, there was also technical bad luck. The engine suddenly reported unexpected oil pressure values. To be on the safe side, the car was parked after only ten laps.

For qualifying, however, Force India sporting director Otmar Szafnauer was able to give the all-clear: 'We are still analyzing the problem. It could be a small leak on a sealing ring. Or just a faulty sensor. But anyway it was just a motor that is only used in training. It should be used again on Friday in China. We will definitely be installing a different one for Saturday. '

Damage to Sutil is limited

Sutil took the technical bad luck with composure: 'Then the rain came anyway. So I didn't lose too much. ' Until the involuntary stop, the 30-year-old had set the tenth fastest time. Teammate Paul di Resta, who finished eighth in the second session, also showed how well Force India is doing. The Scot had not yet exhausted the full potential. He set his best time on the hard tire compound.

'If you prepare the car properly for qualifying, you can get even more,' says Sutil with certainty. 'The distance to the front is not that big.' Even if Force India, like most of its competitors, had to forego long runs, Sutil does not see the situation on the tire front as dramatic as some colleagues 'You might even get by with two stops.'

With the current one Performance level is a top ten result in qualifying and points in the race are almost mandatory for the Force India drivers. 'That must definitely be our goal. If you factor in the weather, it iseverything is possible here. 'A look at last year's race proves the driver right. Sergio Perez almost created the sensation back then. Sutil's dream of the first podium in the 92nd race is far from over.


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