Adrian Sutil is upbeat about his chances of a strong result at the Italian Grand Prix following a good showing at Spa last week.
The Force India driver finished in fifth position in Belgium and heads to Monza knowing that his car will be well suited to the circuit. Last year, Sutil started from the front row of the grid and went on to finish in fourth position at the Italian track.
"Based on the speed and handling of the car in Spa, I'm now really looking forward to Monza," said Sutil. "We don't have the top-speed advantage we had last year, so it's going to be another close weekend, but we do know that we are among the quickest and that gives us a big chance to be in Q3 and then getting in the points.
"I got a great finish there last year – fourth, my best finish in F1 so far, and to get that again would be amazing. Of course, there's a huge championship battle going on ahead of us, so getting toward the front isn't going to be easy, but I'm confident, the team has got its momentum back after the double points finish in Spa and we're all going to Italy very optimistic."
Teammate Tonio Liuzzi, who returned to racing action in last year's Monza event, is also optimistic of a strong weekend.
"This year as always we want to perform, especially after last year," he said. "But it's also not just that or because it's my home crowd that I want to do well, I also want to get the result we deserve this season. We have narrowly missed out on really good results for a number of reasons this year, so I want to pull it all together. And if it's at Monza, it's true that it will be even more satisfying.
"The signs so far are good – the aero test we did showed a big improvement, the car is already strong and we've got a good program for the race weekend in place."