Sutil will deliver soon: Force India

Force India Chief Technical Officer Mike Gascoyne is convinced that the outfit has got a perfect drivers line-up.

updated: May 10, 2008 11:52 IST
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New Delhi:

Giancarlo Fisichella has already proved he is no laggard behind the wheels while in Adrian Sutil's case, his misfortune was clearly not his own making.

All in all, Force India Chief Technical Officer Mike Gascoyne is convinced that the outfit has got a perfect drivers line-up.

Gascoyne was generous in his praise for Fisichella who has been the guiding force behind the team but he tipped Sutil too to make a strong impression on the timesheets.

Add Vitantonio Liuzzi in the mix and the team has a perfect line-up, says Gascoyne.

"In general, Giancarlo's contribution to the team has been very strong," Gascoyne said, rating the veteran Italian, who finished creditable 12th both in the
Malaysian and Bahrain Grand Prix.

"He is obviously very experienced and can compare our car to other cars he has driven, which can confirm whether we are going in the right direction," said Gascoyne.

Having been around for quite a while, Gascoyne reckons that while Fisichella is winning all the plaudits, Sutil would break into the scene anytime soon, while the presence of former Red Bull and Toro Rosso driver Liuzzi as the test driver makes it a perfect line-up for the outfit.

"...the driver line up we have is the perfect driver line-up for Force India. We obviously worked with Adrian (Sutil) last year and we know his talent and it is a good opportunity for him to have Giancarlo Fisichella beside him.

"With Tonio Liuzzi as a test and reserve driver, I think we have the best driver line-up we could, with experienced and young, hungry drivers to push the team onwards," he explained.

No less important has been Gascoyne's own contribution to the team's rapid growth. One of the high-profile Formula One experts around -- his USD eight million salary made him the highest paid engineer back in 2005 -- the Englishman's impressive CV includes stints with teams like McLaren, Sauber, Tyrrell, Jordan, Renault and Toyota. Besides, he brings vast knowledge of working at the highest level to Force India.

Meanwhile, though there is not an iota of doubt about Sutil's potentials, the youngster is yet to come out of the shadow of his illustrious Fisichella.

Hydraulic snags cooked his goose both in Melbourne and Sepang before the German lad finally brought home the car at 19th in Sakhir.

Gascoyne, however, has high expectations from the youngster and he urged everyone to hold their horses.

"Adrian has shown that he has the talent to be in Formula 1 and race at the highest levels, and he is making fewer and fewer mistakes as he grows in experience, which culminated in Fuji 2007 with his and the team's first point," Gascoyne said.

And if he could not bring home the car in the first two races, Sutil could hardly be blamed, he argued.

"This year I think he will show he can be consistent and quick everywhere. The problems he has had so far this year have not been of his making; he had two mechanical DNFs in the first two races.

"In Bahrain, however, he was much closer to Giancarlo and was pushing him. It was just unfortunate a racing accident stopped him being able to capitalise on this performance in the Grand Prix," said the engineer, reputed for his no-nonsense management style which has earned him the nickname of 'Bulldog.'