Sutil sure Sauber can overcome slump
21 June 2014 – Adrian Sutil says he is sure that Sauber can overcome its current slump and move up the Formula 1 grid as the 2014 season progresses.
Sauber has yet to score a point this year and currently sits 10th in the Constructors' Championship ahead of this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix.
But the German driver, who joined Sauber from Force India at the start of the year, is confident in the team's ability to arrest its decline.
"It is a wonderful team to work with," Sutil told the official Formula 1 website. "Yes, the results are not so good, and sure that is what is most important - results are what matters in the end. The people behind the team are really good though and I am convinced that we will get out of the slump - hopefully soon."
Sutil denied that Marussia is outperforming Sauber, despite the Banbury-based team notching up a couple of points in Monaco to move ahead of the Swiss outfit in the standings.
"That was one race, and one where them not making a mistake resulted in two points," he said. "But it is not true that Marussia is faster than Sauber - per lap we are almost one second faster. Of course they scored points, and the championship is all about scoring points, so I do agree that our situation from the outside looks different.
"There are another 12 races to go however, and in the long term we should - no, we have to - make progress. Otherwise you lose very quickly, as everyone here is trying very hard."
Sutil also expects to remain with Sauber into the 2015 season.
"Yes, of course," he said when asked whether he will stay. "I have a contract with this team. I have made a commitment for a few years and we are working together for a mere six months."