Official: Force India signs Sutil for 2013

Official: Force India signs Sutil for 2013

28 February 2013 – Adrian Sutil has been confirmed as a Force India driver for the upcoming Formula 1 campaign, with the Silverstone-based outfit announcing his comeback at the final pre-season test in Barcelona. The German reunites with Paul di Resta and will make his first race start since the 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix later this month.

Sutil, whose Formula 1 debut came under the Spyker guise back in 2007, beat Jules Bianchi to the vacancy. He returns after being replaced by Nico Hülkenberg at the end of 2011, the year in which he was charged with grievous bodily harm for attacking Genii Capital's Eric Lux with a champagne glass in a Shanghai nightclub. Speaking of his new deal, Sutil says he is overjoyed to be given 'a second chance' by the team.

"I’m delighted to be back in Formula 1, especially with a team I know so well," explained Sutil, who turned 30 last month. "I’m very happy and I want to thank Sahara Force India for giving me a second chance. Having been away from the sport, I’m even more determined to achieve my goals in Formula 1.

"Things went really well at the Barcelona test last week and it almost feels as though I’ve never been away. Driving the car felt so natural and I was able to get back in the groove quickly and find the limit. Now my focus is on making the most of the final test this week, working with the team in the simulator and getting myself in the best possible shape for Melbourne."

Force India's Team Principal, Dr. Vijay Mallya, added that the choice between Sutil and Bianchi was far from straightforward. Having given the decision 'great consideration', the 57-year-old businessman said Sutil's experience and knowledge of the team played in his favour, but he is determined to continue working with Bianchi in 2013.

"The decision over our driver line-up has not been an easy one and we have given it great consideration over the last few months," said Mallya. "It was a close call, but ultimately we felt that Adrian’s experience and historic links to the team gave him the edge, and will provide us with the best possible chance of realising our ambitions for the coming season.

"If he can rediscover the exceptional form he showed in the second half of 2011, I’m confident that we can pick up where we left off at the end of 2012. As for Jules Bianchi, he has impressed us enormously with his speed and work ethic. I’m hopeful we can continue working with him this year to help him develop into a future Grand Prix driver."

During their sole season as team-mates in 2011, Sutil outscored di Resta by 42 points to 27, with the pair guiding Force India to sixth in the Constructors' standings.

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Sunday 23 November 2014

  2. Massa says 2014 'just the beginning' 15:58

    Massa says 2014 'just the beginning'

    Felipe Massa says the 2014 season is "just the beginning" of a more competitive period for the Williams team. Massa...

    F1
  3. Rosberg: Hamilton deserved to win title 15:37

    Rosberg: Hamilton deserved to win title

    Nico Rosberg says Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton deserved to beat him to the 2014 world title. Hamilton usurped...

    F1
  4. Hamilton hails 'best start' of F1 career 15:21

    Hamilton hails 'best start' of F1 career

    Lewis Hamilton described the start he made at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as "probably the best" of his Formula 1...

    F1
  5. 15:09

    In full: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race result

    F1
  6. Hamilton secures title with Abu Dhabi win 14:49

    Hamilton secures title with Abu Dhabi win

    Lewis Hamilton secured the 2014 Formula 1 title with victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, leading home Williams duo Felipe...

    F1
  7. 12:38

    Follow the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live!

    F1
  8. 11:10

    Latest GP2 photos: Sunday in Abu Dhabi

    GP2
  9. Coletti takes final GP2 win of 2014 11:09

    Coletti takes final GP2 win of 2014

    Stefano Coletti claimed victory for Racing Engineering in the final round of the GP2 season in Abu Dhabi. Coletti assumed...

    GP2
  10. 10:52

    Revised starting grid for the Abu Dhabi GP

    F1
  11. Red Bull duo to start race from pit lane 10:51

    Red Bull duo to start race from pit lane

    Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo will start Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from the pit lane, after...

    F1
  12. 10:08

    Latest F1 photos: Sunday in Abu Dhabi

    F1
  13. FIA confirms drive-through for Grosjean 10:07

    FIA confirms drive-through for Grosjean

    The FIA has confirmed that Romain Grosjean will be forced to take a drive-through penalty within the first three laps of the...

    F1
  14. 09:34

    Latest GP3 photos: Sunday in Abu Dhabi

    GP3
  15. Niederhauser wins season-ending GP3 race 09:33

    Niederhauser wins season-ending GP3 race

    Arden's Patric Niederhauser strolled to victory in the final race of the GP3 season in Abu Dhabi. Niederhauser eased into...

    GP3
  16. Force India to present 2015 livery in Mexico 09:25

    Force India to present 2015 livery in Mexico

    Force India has revealed that it will present its 2015 livery at an event in Mexico at the end of January. It comes after...

    F1
  17. Video of the Day: World record truck jump 05:03

    Video of the Day: World record truck jump

    The Lotus Formula 1 team and partner EMC set a new truck jump world record in spectacular fashion.

    F1
  18. Saturday 22 November 2014

  19. 17:30

    Latest F1 photos: Saturday in Abu Dhabi

    F1
  20. Red Bull drivers excluded from qualifying 17:29

    Red Bull drivers excluded from qualifying

    Red Bull duo Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo have been excluded from qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, after...

    F1
  21. Red Bull referred to stewards over front wing 16:48

    Red Bull referred to stewards over front wing

    Red Bull has been referred to the stewards after governing body the FIA declared its front wing illegal at the Abu Dhabi...

    F1
  22. Alonso expects 'uphill struggle' in race 16:20

    Alonso expects 'uphill struggle' in race

    Fernando Alonso says he expects to endure an "uphill struggle" on his final appearance for Ferrari in the Abu Dhabi Grand...

    F1
  23. 15:49

    Latest GP2 photos: Saturday in Abu Dhabi

    GP2
  24. Vandoorne dominates in Abu Dhabi win 15:48

    Vandoorne dominates in Abu Dhabi win

    McLaren youngster Stoffel Vandoorne dominated proceedings to claim his fourth victory of the season in the GP2 Feature Race...

    GP2
  25. Stevens left to rue Turn 17 mistake 15:37

    Stevens left to rue Turn 17 mistake

    Will Stevens was left to ponder what might have been after an error tarnished his final lap in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix...

    F1
  26. Bottas: Beating Ferrari remains the goal 15:22

    Bottas: Beating Ferrari remains the goal

    Valtteri Bottas says securing third in the Constructors' standings, ahead of Ferrari, remains Williams' target at the Abu...

    F1
  27. Force India confirms 'multi-year' Pérez deal 15:06

    Force India confirms 'multi-year' Pérez deal

    Force India has confirmed that Sergio Pérez will remain with the team next season and beyond, after the Mexican signed a new...

    F1
  28. Hamilton: I'm still there for the fight 14:51

    Hamilton: I'm still there for the fight

    Lewis Hamilton says he is pleased to be "there for the fight" after qualifying second for the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand...

    F1
  29. Rosberg: Pole just a small step towards title 14:38

    Rosberg: Pole just a small step towards title

    Nico Rosberg says pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is just a "small step" towards his ultimate goal of claiming...

    F1
  30. 14:08

    In full: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying results

    F1
  31. Rosberg on pole for Abu Dhabi title decider 14:07

    Rosberg on pole for Abu Dhabi title decider

    Nico Rosberg stormed to pole position during Saturday evening's qualifying session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, comfortably...

    F1
  32. Van der Garde leaves Abu Dhabi early 13:31

    Van der Garde leaves Abu Dhabi early

    Sauber reserve driver Giedo van der Garde has left the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix prematurely due to the team contravening the...

    F1
  33. 12:45

    Follow qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix!

    F1
  34. Horner eyes new F1 engines for 2016 12:11

    Horner eyes new F1 engines for 2016

    Mercedes' rivals are eyeing significant changes to the power unit regulations if the German manufacturer refuses to agree on...

    F1
  35. 11:08

    Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Free Practice 3 results

    F1
  36. Rosberg moves ahead in final practice 11:05

    Rosberg moves ahead in final practice

    Nico Rosberg topped the timesheets during Saturday afternoon's final practice session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, moving...

    F1
  37. 09:46

    Follow FP3 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix!

    F1
  38. 08:42

    Latest GP3 photos: Saturday in Abu Dhabi

    GP3
  39. Stoneman takes fifth GP3 win of 2014 08:41

    Stoneman takes fifth GP3 win of 2014

    Koiranen driver Dean Stoneman claimed his fifth victory of the season in the first race of the final GP3 round at the Yas...

    GP3
  40. Lynn remains hopeful over Toro Rosso seat 07:22

    Lynn remains hopeful over Toro Rosso seat

    Newly-crowned GP3 champion Alex Lynn is remaining hopeful that he will be picked by Red Bull bosses to join Max Verstappen...

    F1
  41. 07:19

    Latest FE photos: Saturday in Putrajaya

    Formula E
  42. Bird cruises to victory in Malaysia ePrix 07:18

    Bird cruises to victory in Malaysia ePrix

    Sam Bird claimed victory in the second round of the Formula E Championship around the streets of Putrajaya in...

    Formula E
more news