GPl Archives 27 February 2013 Issue #59 - Page 164

T he so-called F1 shootout between Adrian Sutil and Jules Bianchi for the last seat on the 2013 grid was one of the major talking points in the Barcelona paddock, with Sutil enjoying an impressive return to the cockpit after a year on the sidelines. Frenchman Bianchi is scheduled to drive the new Force India on Friday, but the weather forecast is for rain all day. After a season on the bench, German Sutil impressed the Silverstone based team on Thursday with a time quicker than his potential 2013 teammate, Paul di Resta. “It’s obvious that I’m still quick and that’s very important,” he told reporters. “It was a good day and nice to be back in a Formula One car once again. Hopefully I’ll get the drive... what can I say?” Jakob Andreasen, Force India chief race engineer summed up the day, “It has been a long time since Adrian last worked with the team, but he did an excellent job of getting used to the car and was on the pace straight away.” “His feedback was good and it was interesting to hear the thoughts of a driver who has not been in a Formula One car for a while. He was very detailed with his comments and provided some good direction for us,” added Andreason.