Adrian Sutil, ForceIndiadriver, says his focus is on the main act and not the backdrop against which this week’s Bahrain Grand Prix will be staged.
The F1 shindig travels to the Gulf kingdom for the fourth stop on this year’s calendar and just like last year the political situation on the island remains volatile with Bahraini opposition and protest groups asking for the race to be cancelled.
Last year’s race was held after F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and the FIA were satisfied with assurances from race organizers concerning the safety of team personnel.
The drama is being expected to run along the same lines this weekend as well with protests expected during today’s free practice session around the Bahrain International Circuit, though, Sutil has vowed to concentrate only on the job at hand, which is to better teammate Paul Di Resta’s eighth-place finish in China.
“I am aware that there are a few problems, but we haven’t experienced anything so far. Our hotel is close to the circuit and we don’t expect any big problems. Our focus is on the race and I hope we can deliver a good race weekend for the people who will be there.” Sutil said.
Sutil added that the team had not imposed a curfew on personnel, but hinted he is mature enough to understand what’s good and what’s not. “There is no curfew and I can do whatever I want. I’m not here for a holiday, but to race and am looking forward to it,” the 30-year-old added. “Our targets for all races have been the same and here too we will look to stay as close to the podium as possible.”
Being unlucky in China.
Sutil was devoid of luck inChina. After clashing with Scotsman Di Resta, he was forced to retire after five laps following a collision with Esteban Gutierrez a little later. Di Resta finished among the points on that occasion, but inBahrain, with the matter with Di Resta put to bed, German Sutil will be all out to seek redemption.
“We’ve spoken about it,” said Sutil, who’s best finish remains a fourth at the 2009 Italian GP. “We had a little discussion about what happened and the problem has been sorted.”
“We are looking to be a little more consistent in Bahrain and we’re hoping for a better run during this race.” Di Resta added.