To begin with, we will talk about Adrian Sutil getting the drive with the team once again. We feel that it is a good choice considering the situation the team is in. Hulkenberg was no doubt a huge loss to the team and so they had to get someone as aggressive and quick as him. Bianchi though a very good driver was still a risk for the team with him being a rookie. With a tight midfield pack, the team had to go for an experienced driver and Sutil was the best choice among all, with him knowing the team added an advantage to him getting the nod. The reserve seat is still open for anyone to fill in and we are sure many GP2 graduates and maybe few former F1 drivers would be eyeing the spot, more so as SFI gives their reserve driver some good running during the season.
The car, VJM06 is largely similar to VJM05 with only a nosecone difference from outside that is but from inside as Andrew Green suggested and told at the launch, has got some considerable amount of changes on aerodynamic front to give the team that push after a brilliant end to 2012 season. Coming to the pre-season testing, the team did a total of 4481km with Di Resta completing 2520km while Sutil completing 1159km. James Rossiter along with Jules Bianchi had tested the car in addition to Sutil & Di Resta. Many of you will just say that it’s only numbers but for the team it’s all what they want. It is with all the data’s collected during testing that the team build upon during the season. To add, the team didn’t suffer any major failures and the reliability was one can say about 99% on the spot. The times, positions are all irrelevant at this stage and so we don’t want to go too much into that.
You will all now question, then how to know where SFI lie in the grid with regard to its competitors? Well, we would say too much of comparing is not good at this stage. For now it does seems like the team is placed well on par with the likes of Sauber, Williams or even better than them but it is only the races which will give us the final verdict. Another question on your mind will be, what about podiums? That too is not guaranteed here, it may happen, it may not, one just cannot predict specially with midfield teams. What we can really say is that the team will be a stronger than 2012 and will give a good fight to the front runners. Di Resta will be hungry to deliver the best he can, all through the season till the last race as in the previous two seasons, his second half has been average. While Sutil will be eager to race again in F1 after a year off, of course like Hulkenberg, it will be few races before he will be back to his best but we are sure he is ready to deliver those strong performances.
In the end, we will only say to all of you to just sit back and enjoy the season ahead. We are sure the season will be full of excitement, drama, unexpected results and a lot more things. We are also getting reports that the coverage this time in India will be a lot better and a lot more, we already know that all the practice sessions of Australian GP will be shown LIVE on TV along with qualifying and race. We are back, F1 is back, nothing more one can ask, we think.