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Spa repeat unlikely, says Sutil

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Giancarlo Fisichella celebrates his unlikely second place at Spa in 2009 © Getty Images

Adrian Sutil has played down Force India's chances of repeating the team's surprising Belgian Grand Prix result of 2009.

Giancarlo Fisichella secured pole position at the demanding Spa circuit last year and narrowly missed out on victory, finishing second behind Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari.

And although Sutil himself qualified on the front row before finishing fourth and setting the fastest lap at Monza two weeks later, the German does not fancy his team's chances this time around.

"Last year we had an incredible car there, it was a big advantage. We don't have that advantage anymore," Sutil told the Indian media. "Still, we should be able to score a lot of points in the coming races. We have a very good chance in Spa and Monza."

Team-mate Tonio Liuzzi was slightly more optimistic about the team's chances and thinks a podium is again a possibility.

"I think we will be again pretty competitive," Liuzzi told Autosport. "To match last year I think it's difficult because last year was the first one with new rules, different cars, there was the KERS...

"I think now some teams have improved a lot in drag and in top speed, so I don't think we will have the advantage of last year, but I still believe that we are in good shape to aim for a podium."

Sutil added that it is important for the team to get its new blown diffuser up and running if it is not to lose ground on its rivals over the remaining races.

"We have to get it upgraded now, we are losing to the competitors a little bit in the diffuser area."

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