Force India: 2008 Malaysian GP preview quotes 

Written by David on March 20th, 2008 at 11:10 amLast Update: March 20th, 2008 at 11:10 am

VJM01 Front ViewGiancarlo Fisichella: “I am looking forward to Malaysia now so we can show what we can really do over a race. As we went out very early in Australia, we could not demonstrate how much closer we now are relative to the other teams. The VJM01 feels more consistent and stable, and now we have some new aero parts coming for this race I think we can make another step forward. I have good memories of the race here too. I won in 2006 with Renault and, although we will not be in that position now, I do think we should be able to put in a good performance. My aim is the same as before: I want to take the team into Q2 for the first time, and then finish the race. As Australia showed, anything can happen and if we are there, then we have a good chance of picking up a good result.”

Adrian Sutil: “I enjoy Malaysia, even though it is very tough on drivers with the heat and humidity. It is also a very bumpy track so it makes it very physically demanding. I think I will be well prepared though as Australia was also hot and I am spending three days training in Malaysia to acclimatise. Last year was my first time in Sepang and it was not such a great event for us. Unfortunately we were not as quick as the others on the long straights, and then I went out very early on in the race in an accident. This year I think we will be better. I am really disappointed that I did not get into second qualifying and then could not finish the race in Australia, as I think we could have finished very high up with the way the race went. But you just have to forget that now and look forward to the next event. Q2 is for sure my aim, and I really think we could make it this time.”

Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer: “I think we have to go to Malaysia with the same objectives we set out in Australia. We were very unlucky over in Melbourne to miss out on Q2 by just a fraction of a second, and then both cars going out so early. I think apart from a couple of people, ‘what might have been’ is everybody’s headline! At the start Giancarlo obviously had nowhere to go and then Adrian was also running pretty well, and was actually being held up by Glock. Both looked to be pretty competitive, and were happy with the car. Considering how the race turned out it was very frustrating though because we could have finished well. We did however show a clear step forward in competitiveness. This time last year we knew we were a second off the back of everyone. In Australia we showed we are a lot closer, and with new parts for Malaysia now we should be in a position to make another step forward.”

Colin Kolles, Team Principal: “I was very pleased with Australia despite the ultimate race result, and I think we can continue the trend in Malaysia this weekend. Giancarlo has won at the track before, and now Adrian has previous experience of the circuit after his first Malaysian race in 2007. The drivers compliment each other very well and we seem to be getting the most out of the car. The rest of the field looks strong, but I think we can be there fighting too.”

Dr. Vijay Mallya, Chairman and Managing Director: “The Australian Grand Prix gave us much encouragement. With strong performances from both drivers over the weekend we showed an improvement over this time last year. It was disappointing not to get to Q2 as we wanted and then to have the double retirement, but even so, the morale is much improved over 2007. We can see we are making tangible improvements. To be in the top ten in two practice sessions and then just a couple of tenths from Q2 is a clear demonstration of this, and being in a position to fight for points has really lifted the team. I’m delighted to see that we have great spirit and everyone is now absolutely committed to find those extra tenths to improve performance.”

source: Force India

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