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GP Week : Issue 187
GPWeeK: It’s your 100th race. How time flies, wouldn’t you say? Did you expect 100 races to go by so fast? ADRIAN SUTIL: No, I was never counting my grands prix, so I just realized a few races ago that this is going to be my 100th GP, which is a good number. But again, with a lot of work and when you’re busy and you have your dream, you’re working every day to achieve it, then time flies by. But does it feel special this weekend? It doesn’t feel special but I’m proud of being here. But still I haven’t reached my goals so now I have to push on even harder because I don’t want to wait another 100 grands prix to achieve those. You’re probably sitting in the most competitive car you’ve had all career. Exactly yeah, that is a nice point. Also, 100 grands prix in the same team and not many drivers can say that. I know where I came from. We started at the back of the grid, we are now fifth in the championship in front of McLaren within six years. So this is a big step, a very, very good performance and still I think we can improve and we become better every year. You came back this year; you had the opportunity to come back. It was a strong start. How would you assess your performance at the halfway stage of the season? It was a good start, I think. I lost out a few races – some problems, pit-stops two times and a cut tyre; they could have been all really good points scoring positions ... but that’s racing. I think at the end of the season it will be balanced anyway. At the moment I’m 11th in the championship. I want to be probably ninth or eighth at the end of the season so still some things to improve. But you’re reasonably satisfied with the way things have gone?... Yes. The car was really competitive and sometimes I think we even had the chance of a podium. Bahrain was probably the race where it could have happened and my race pace was the fastest over-all. Paul was very close to it. In Silverstone I was very close again. I think it’s just a matter of time now. If you come close so many times it will finally happen. We shouldn’t give up, and just try to push on a bit more. especially if it happens at spa – that would be magical, a repeat of what Giancarlo did in 2009. Yes, he took the right time absolutely because that was a car which was only fast on certain circuits. After that we changed our philosophy and wanted to have a more consistent car where it was more difficult to reach the podium, but overall we had more points at the end of the year. So if you look for podiums, yes Giancarlo did an amazing job in Spa, one-off pole position, he could have won the race. That was amazing. We’re now close and of course much better than at that time because at that time we had only straight circuits suiting our car; now we have the whole calendar suiting us and some even better. Spa I think is still a circuit where I can probably do a bit better than others, but also our car is competitive and it will come, hopefully soon. ADRIAN SUTIL After a year away from F1, getting back in can be a tough task. Adrian sutil did, and this week reached the 100 GP mark. He spoke to Abhishek Takle F1 >>> FEATUrE 26 GPWEEK.com // 26 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: