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Experience brings confidence to Sutil ahead of French Grand Prix

New Delhi, Jun 17 (UNI) Force India driver Adrian Sutil is in a confident mood ahead of this weekend's French Grand Prix at the Magny-Cours circuit, despite being cruelly robbed of a points finish in Monaco, which was followed by the Canadian Grand Prix where both cars retired before the flag fall.

The Force India Formula One Team is looking for an upturn in fortunes in this 70-lap race, which will be the eighth round of the 18-round series, and the first of seven consecutive races in Europe.

''Actually, I am quite like Magny-Cours. I know a lot of drivers don't enjoy it, but it's one of my favourite tracks, as I like the layout with the quick chicane, the long right hander through the corner to the straight, the hairpin - it's exactly what I like and I already know am quite quick around there,'' Sutil said.

''I've had some good results in F3 there, and then did my first F1 practice at the track too. Now with some race experience, I've got a lot of good memories,'' he added.

Sutil, who along with Giancarlo Fisichella, has not been able to produce any good results in the last two races, said experience has made him more confident.

''I hope now I can get another good memory from France. The last two races have been disappointing in results, with two DNFs which is never good, but we have been quite competitive in the races. In Monaco especially, but in Canada also I was very close to the Toyotas, but just couldn't find a way past.'' It could have been a good race, it was a shame not to finish,'' Sutill added.

Meanwhile, Chairman and Managing Director of Force India Vijay Mallya said his key focus would be to oversee the team and ensure that his team doesn't repeat the mistakes that have occurred in previous races.

''Making mistakes is alright, one has to be practical enough to understand that it happens, but what we need to do now is grow from this, move on and look to have a perfect weekend in France.

''I see a great future for this team and the chance of really making a splash in 2009 when the regulations change. To do so, and guarantee this future, we now need to concentrate on doing the best job we can right here, right now,'' Mallya conceded.


Story first published: Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 20:34 [IST]
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