Sutil: Break has made me mentally stronger
10 March 2013 – Adrian Sutil believes his year on the sidelines has made him mentally stronger, with the German viewing it as an ideal opportunity to ponder his long-term ambitions. Stating that there is ‘never time to learn’ in the fast-moving world of Formula 1, the returning Force India driver says he is now in a better state to go racing.
"I had time to think about my career," said 30-year-old Sutil. "We will see if I am a better driver but mentally, I would say yes. I have seen a life without Formula 1 and a life with it. In this professional sport you never actually have the time to learn.
"I wouldn't have chosen a year off but it was probably for the good. Once I was back in the car, the engineers were very impressed. It showed I didn't lose any speed but probably I gained a bit mentally."
Sutil went on to explain that he has not returned to Formula 1 to simply make up the numbers, with title glory the ultimate goal during his second stint in the sport.
"By the middle of the season I felt so much stronger and found my new goal in life, let’s say, to be a World Champion," Sutil added. "I am not in Formula 1 to just race. The car is very important but you have to set your mind. I am here to race against the world's best and if anyone is there not to win then it is not the right place for them."