Monte Carlo: Adrian Sutil says the VJM06, launched for the 2013 season, is the best car he has driven for Sahara Force India and it would suit the street circuit for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix, here.
Asked if the current car is the best Force India has come up so far, he replied, "I think so, yes. Wherever we have gone so far the car has looked competitive - and that includes some very different tracks."
"It's a good sign for the rest of the season. Of course, Monaco will be the first real street circuit, but I think we will be quick there. The car is very strong in the front with a very neutral balance so it's very driveable."
Sutil has not scored points in the last four. Luck had a role in that as twice he had to retire due to technical problems.
"Despite everything that has happened during the last four races, I remain positive. Most of the things that happened were out of my control, but still I believe we can improve certain things to avoid mistakes in the future. We as a team have to stay confident and work on solving these small problems. The car is fast and if we have a perfect weekend, which is our aim all the time, I'm sure the podium will come soon," he said.
Team Principal Vijay Mallya said they are eyeing a double points finish to strengthen their fifth place in the table.
"..We look capable of fighting at this level in the races to come. With a little help from Lady Luck, who hasn't been much on Adrian Sutil's side lately, we will be able to score points with both cars and firmly establish our position in the championship. So far our weakness has been failing to get both cars home in the points and it's something we need to remedy."
Paul di Resta, who has been consistently scoring points for the side, said with VJM06 they can go on to earn more points in Monaco.
"Having more time to optimise the car with the upgrades should allow us to extract even more performance from it. Monaco was a rewarding race for us last year and we will try to go there and continue our run of points finishes."
Paul lives in Monaco, so it will be a kind of home race for him. Asked, if it makes any difference, he replied in affirmative.
"Racing close to home is really nice because I can go back to my place every night. I sleep in my bed and enjoy my own space. It's also a chance for my family and friends to come and stay with me, and when the weather is nice, there's nowhere better."
Story first published on: Monday, 20 May 2013 18:37 IST