New Delhi: Despite leading a relatively new line-up, Force India driver Adrian Sutil is confident of the Vijay Mallya-owned team making an impression in the forthcoming Formula One season.
Sutil was yesterday retained by Force India along with British driver Paul di Resta, who was the team`s test driver last season.
"I`ve known Paul for the past year and we`ve got a good relationship. He did a really good job in the test driver seat last year and showed he`s quick and has a good technical feedback, 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 strengthened by the presence of test driver Nico Hulkenberg.
"I know Nico (Hulkenberg) relatively well and he seems like a good guy. Having a good test driver is positive as you know that in every area the team is strong," Sutil was quoted as saying by the F1 official website.
Sutil also said that with new regulations favouring smaller teams, the Force India will do well in the coming season.
"We are now a genuinely strong midfield team, but we have got plans to be even better. I have seen the plans for this year and it looks positive. The car will be quite strong, the team work well together and with the new regulations favouring smaller teams we should be in a good position," he said.
In his fifth season with Force India, Sutil helped the team score its first points in 2009.
But it was the last season which turned out to be the most profitable one for Sutil as well as the team. Force India finished seventh in the constructors championship and Sutil was 11th in the drivers` standings.
"I`m obviously more experienced and know when to push and when to hold back. I also know the circuits and the places you can overtake and how to get the best out of the car in them. Plus knowing your team and knowing they understand you gives a real psychological advantage," Sutil said.
The German is also excited at the prospect of racing in the 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 and have seen how the team and F1 are getting bigger and bigger. There`s now a real fan following and they have got behind the team. Being in a Force India car for the Indian GP is going to be very special and I hope I can do the fans and country proud," he said.