Sutil keen to utilise home conditions in German GP

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Hockenheim, Germany, Jul 16 (UNI) Following a disappointing British Grand Prix, Force India Formula One team driver Adrian Sutil is all geared up for the race in front of his home crowd and is expecting some luck to make a podium finish in the German GP that gets underway here this weekend.

In preparation for the race, the team tested at the circuit last week. Over the three days Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella worked on tuning the set-up for the challenges of the track and gathered further information on the new aero package debuted at the British Grand Prix two weeks ago.

''To drive at the Hockenheimring is a very good feeling for me as it will be my home race. It's a great circuit to drive, a very nice feeling for an F1 driver, with hairpins, long straights and really quick corners, Sutil said.

''The motodrome is such a fantastic complex: to go in there and hear the crowd is amazing. I have very good memories from the past here - both as a fan and as a driver - which is why I am so pleased to be here now,'' he added.

Meanwhile, Force India chairman Vijay Mallya said his team needs to show better results, but added that it is still early days for his Formula One team.

''It has only been six months since we took over, so what can you expect? Ferrari didn't win a World Championship for years until Michael Schumacher came along in 1996, and even then it took three or four years to win.

''So people can't expect miracles from me in one season, but I'm getting there, and I'm showing that I'm inching forward, Mallya conceded.

He said his real focus is on 2009, and he was absolutely determined that in 2009, he team will have some reason to be proud of.


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