• Australian Grand Prix

Sutil aiming for top six finish

ESPNF1 Staff
March 23, 2010 « Di Resta keen to impress | »
Adrain Sutil is hoping for a breakthrough race in Melbourne © Sutton Images
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Force India's Adrian Sutil is looking to break into the top six at the Australian Grand Prix and mix it with the top four teams.

In Bahrain Sutil qualified tenth but his race was ruined when a spin in the second corner dropped him down the order. However, during his fight back through the field he set the second fastest lap time and moved up to 12th place. In Melbourne he is hoping to convert that race pace into points.

"We want to go even higher in Australia," he said. "I think there is still potential to improve everything and get close to the top five or six. Last year I was ninth. If we can get that position again this year that's two points. We've got to aim for this or higher - I'm pretty happy with where we were in qualifying and how we performed in the Bahrain race so we've got a lot of reasons to look forward to Australia now."

He is also confident that his drive through the field in Bahrain is proof the racing can improve this season without any additional rule changes.

"Well, after the start I dropped down to 21st position and I came 12th at the end of the race so it shows that you can overtake and have a good race," he said. "OK, some of the cars I passed were the new teams and we had a performance advantage over them, but in the midpoint of the race I was fighting with [Robert] Kubica and the two Saubers so you can pass with the new regulations, it was just higher up the field that people were very cautious.

"Last year's Bahrain Grand Prix was also not that interesting, with only refuelling and pit stops so never really overtaking possibilities. I think every driver was a bit cautious as it was the first race and we had to go a long distance on the soft tyre and nobody really knew the best way to call it. Now we will go to Australia and tweak it a bit more to the limit and start to be a more aggressive. I think there will be some more overtaking."