Adrian Sutil does not expect F1’s running order to change at the Spanish Grand Prix, despite a number of teams expected to introduce a wide range of new parts.
The Force India driver has made his best ever start to a Formula One campaign, as the Silverstone-based team has emerged as an established midfield runner which constantly challenges for a position in the third segment of qualifying as well as points.
However, Force India could find itself pushed back in Barcelona with a number of teams, such as Mercedes and Lotus, expected to introduce dramatic evolutions of their cars.
Despite this, Sutil remains confident that the improvements planned for the VJM03 will be enough to keep the team right on the heels of the front runners.
“We’ve got a few bits, but the car will be very good there I think, and the top 10 will be very similar to what we’ve seen in the last few races.” Sutil told the official Force India website.
“Nobody will be finding half a second in their car, because right now it’s really hard to improve the cars. Everybody is at a point where it’s hard to find every single tenth.”
Sutil also believes that the high-downforce profile of the Circuit De Catalunya will play into the hands of Red Bull Racing.
“There you just need downforce, so I think it’s a Red Bull circuit again,” he added. “You have a long straight, but if you have a quick car through the corners, it’s definitely a better way.”