Starting at the rear of the grid has often cooked Force India's goose but its German driver Adrian Sutil has a hunch that Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix will be a golden opportunity to break the jinx and get into the second qualifying session (Q2).
In such a close field, Sutil reckons, better qualifying is a pre-requisite if the team is to score its maiden Formula One points this season. And his gut feeling is that he might just gatecrash into Q2 in Saturday's qualifying session.
"I think the field will again be very close together, so every hundredth counts. It could be similar to Bahrain, where we just needed a few hundredths to go into Q2, and I hope to find that on my flying lap in qualifying. I think this is going to be one of our best opportunities to get into Q2," Sutil said.
Sutil had a rollercoaster race at last year's Monaco Grand Prix. The Force India driver raced from the back of the grid to fourth position in the closing stages and his faultless drive so nearly yielded the outfit's first points until Kimi Raikkonen rear-ended the VJM01 coming out of the tunnel.
Raikkonen subsequently apologised to Sutil but the German is still haunted by the dream that turned nightmare.