New Delhi, Jan 27 (PTI) Despite leading a relatively newline-up, Force India driver Adrian Sutil is confident of theVijay Mallya-owned team making an impression in theforthcoming Formula One season.
Sutil was yesterday retained by Force India along withBritish driver Paul di Resta, who was the team''s test driverlast season.
"I''ve known Paul for the past year and we''ve got a goodrelationship. He did a really good job in the test driver seatlast year and showed he''s quick and has a good technicalfeedback, but he is also open about how we could improve.
That''s really important for the team so it should work well,"Sutil said.
The German also felt that the team has been strengthenedby the presence of test driver Nico Hulkenberg.
"I know Nico (Hulkenberg) relatively well and he seemslike a good guy. Having a good test driver is positive as youknow that in every area the team is strong," Sutil was quotedas saying by the F1 official website.
Sutil also said that with new regulations favouringsmaller teams, the Force India will do well in the comingseason.
"We are now a genuinely strong midfield team, but we havegot plans to be even better. I have seen the plans for thisyear and it looks positive. The car will be quite strong, theteam work well together and with the new regulations favouringsmaller teams we should be in a good position," he said.
In his fifth season with Force India, Sutil helped theteam score its first points in 2009.
But it was the last season which turned out to be themost profitable one for Sutil as well as the team. Force Indiafinished seventh in the constructors championship and Sutilwas 11th in the drivers'' standings.
"I''m obviously more experienced and know when to push andwhen to hold back. I also know the circuits and the places youcan overtake and how to get the best out of the car in them.
Plus knowing your team and knowing they understand you gives areal psychological advantage," Sutil said.
The German is also excited at the prospect of racing inthe Indian Grand Prix -- the team''s maiden home race --scheduled to be held in the Capital sometime in October.
"I have been to India several times with the team andhave seen how the team and F1 are getting bigger and bigger.
There''s now a real fan following and they have got behind theteam. Being in a Force India car for the Indian GP is going tobe very special and I hope I can do the fans and countryproud," he said.