Sutil records 5th fastest lap behind Hamilton at pre-German GP test

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Hockenheimring, Germany, Jul 10 (UNI) Barring a late morning technical problem, Force India Formula One driver Adrian Sutil made some good progress as he finished just one second behind British Grand Prix champion Lewis Hamilton in his fastest leap in which he finished fifth at the pre-German Grand Prix test here.

Unlike yesterday's rainy weather conditions, the day stayed dry for the running and Adrian was able to complete 97 laps as he worked through a programme of suspension, set-up and tyre comparison work.

The only major issue of the day for the team was a technical problem in the later part of the morning but still Force India managed to finish its scheduled plan.

Force India's other driver Giancarlo Fisichella will take over for the final day of the test tomorrow.

Sutil seemed satisfied with the day's testing and said, ''It was a good day, and we were able to test several items. In the morning we had an issue with the engine and lost some time, and again the windy conditions made things difficult, but in the afternoon the balance came back.'' ''It was getting better and better and we could do some good lap times, so I was quite happy. At the end of the day we also tried a different evolution of suspension set-up, so we're getting some good experience with the new parts. We can still improve a lot, there is more potential in the car, so overall it looks quite positive for the race weekend,'' he added.


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