Sauber F1 Team driver Adrian Sutil is confident about the team’s performance heading into next weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit.

The German has endured back-to-back retirements at the preceding Grands Prix in Malaysia and Bahrain, but is optimistic that the team will chip away in its quest to be more competitive in the midfield.

“On this track a good balance for the car and a lot of grip on the front axle is needed. I believe the layout should be a good fit for the C33,” he said on the team’d official website.

“I am positive about the weekend. We have to look forward, and every future race will move us furthermore up to the front.

“The Shanghai International Circuit is interesting. It is not my favourite track, but I still like driving there. The layout is special in comparison to the other ones; it consists of some fast corners which get tighter towards the end of the corner. Besides that, the track has the longest straight on the calendar,” he added.

The team spent this week’s two-day in-season test in Bahrain gaining valuable data and concentrating particularly on the C33’s electrical systems. Both Ferrari-powered cars will receive minor updates for next weekend’s final early-season flyaway race.

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In Free Practice One like in Bahrain, Giedo Van Der Garde will step into Sutil’s car before taking over again for FP2.

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Michael Terminello

Journalist at MotorsportM8