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Adrian Sutil may have been relegated to the sidelines for the opening part of the 2012 Formula 1 campaign, but the German is still striving for a return to the grid by as early as this season, if the possibility arises. Now that his court case with Eric Lux is over, the former Force India driver is pushing to be back in contention.
Sutil entered F1 with Spyker in 2007, with the team then becoming Force India a year later. In 2009 he put in several impressive performances - such as a front row start and fourth place finish at Monza - but was dropped by Vijay Mallya’s squad in favour of Nico Hülkenberg, with Paul di Resta having had a strong debut season last year.
“The fire burns brightly, although it is of course hard to be watching on television,” Sutil told Eurosport. “It becomes increasingly difficult with every race that goes by. I would like to get back to Formula 1 as soon as possible, of course, but for now I must wait. I’d like to have a seat this year, so I’m hoping for some misfortune for another driver; if that doesn’t happen, I’ll need to wait the whole year…then I can only hope that I would sign a contract at the end of it.”
When quizzed over the rumours which have linked him with Ferrari in recent months, Sutil replied:
“It was nice to hear, of course, but that message did not come from me. Having said that, the idea is of course great because Ferrari is my favourite team. There is no direct contact, but I think they know that I am ready and if Ferrari need or want me, then they will call me.”
When directly asked what his immediate plans are, Sutil explained the situation.
“My plan is to wait and see whether there is a possibility this year,” he begins to conclude. “If no way opens up, then of course you have to give some serious thought to your future because to go without racing for two years would not be easy for me. I want to race, so perhaps then it would have to be in a different series; you just have to look around and see what is possible. DTM, IndyCars, NASCAR; there are so many things but, at the moment, Formula 1 is in my head and I want to go back. Only when it’s not possible will I start worrying about Plan B.”
Before his F1 career began, Sutil was Japanese Formula 3 Champion in 2006 – a year in which he also finished on the podium of the prestigious Macau Grand Prix.
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