Bangalore: The mid-season tyre specification changes have hurt Sahara Force India badly. After a promising start to the season, the Silverstone-based outfit lies 6th in the Constructor's Championship table. However, Adrian Sutil who is ranked 11th in the drivers' standings with 26 points is not ready to give up yet. The German, who returned to Sahara Force India in 2013 after being dropped at the end of 2011, spoke to Yahoo! India's Bikash Singh before Formula One heads to Korea.
Excerpts from the interview:
After a year out, how are you enjoying your comeback at Sahara Force India?
It's a team I know very well so it was easy to fit back in and get back up to speed. We've had some great races this year - Australia and Monaco especially, and we are having a good battle with McLaren in the championship. With six races to go there's still plenty to fight for.
Are you disappointed at Indian GP's axe in 2014?
I really like the track and it's Sahara Force India's home race so it's always good to race there. I'd certainly miss India if it's not on the calendar.
After a strong start to the season, Sahara Force India's results have regressed in recent races. Your thoughts on that...
It's no secret that the change of tyres by Pirelli seems to have hurt us more than other teams. I think that's a big reason why our form is not as strong as it was at the start of the year. A lot of the focus in the team has also moved to 2014 to make sure we begin next year in the best shape possible.
Which is your favourite track on the calendar and why?
I enjoy Spa (Belgium) and Suzuka (Japan) because they have some of the best high-speed corners. Eau Rouge at Spa feels amazing in a Formula One car.
Do you think Sahara Force India will finish in top-five (constructors' championship)?
In the first half of the season it certainly looked like an achievable target. Recently McLaren have edged ahead of us and it will be a massive task to catch them in the final six races - but we never give up!
How is Paul Di Resta as a team-mate?
I enjoy working with Paul. We were team-mates back in 2011 as well and we've always worked well together. We always want to beat each other on the track, but we have a very healthy respect for each other.
What do you love most about India?
It's probably the buzz around the place. It's very busy all the time. Also, it's always amazing to see how busy the roads are and the skill of the drivers!
How is Buddh circuit different from others?
The circuit is good fun and very nicely done. It has some challenging corners and there are opportunities to overtake.
We Indians love spicy food. Do you have a favourite?
I always enjoy trying Indian food, even the spicy food - things like chicken curry. Plus, I always make sure I have a Mango Lassi when I'm in India.
Who do you think is the best man to catch Sebastian Vettel - moving closer to a fourth Formula One world title?
It looks hard for anybody to catch Sebastian this year. At the moment Fernando is the closest.
What does Adrian Sutil do when he is not racing?
I like to be at home in Switzerland. We spend so much time travelling that it's nice to spend time at home and sleep in your own bed.