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Sutil believes in the Force
Force India driver Adrian Sutil is confident of the progress made by the team despite the late launch of their new car.

Force India unveiled their VJM02 last week, as delays meant that the team will start the season opener in Australia with only a couple of tests under their belts. The main teams launched their new new cars in January.

The late launch however, will not affect him and team-mate Giancarlo Fischella, Sutil insisted.

"I'm quite happy because we could do some good testing in Jerez," he told Planet F1. "At first we had a few problems with the car, but then we sorted it out and could do some good running.

"It was the first proper time on circuit, so we still need time to understand everything but the overall feeling was very good, definitely."

Force India are using McLaren-Mercedes engines, gearbox and hydraulics in the F1 season this year, after they finished wooden-spoonists in the competition last year without a single point.

Sutil believes the team's technical co-operation with the championship-winning team will help Force India improve on their showing this season.
"I think we did the best possible thing during the winter with this new co-operation," he said. "It was a great deal and I think very positive for the future.

"It's a World Champion team, we can learn from them. We can really focus and concentrate on areas that really enhance performance, like aerodynamic development."

The German is also eyeing a good result in the season opener in Melbourne.

"Everything is possible," he said. "I just know the field is very close together, even closer than last year.

"If in Melbourne all the cars are close together then the chances are higher to get off the back row. Last year it was not easy because the gap was half a second to a second, and it didn't matter if some cars had problems in qualifying, we were always on the last row.

"But that's not how we are thinking right now, we are thinking more about being in the midfield and hopefully running there because we are strong. That's our aim. Let's see in Melbourne - as usual with the testing in the winter it's hard to predict something."

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