Sutil: 2014 the best time to switch teams
26 January 2014 – Adrian Sutil is confident that he will not be left on the back foot by his decision to join Sauber for the 2014 campaign, arguing that "everyone is in the same boat" due to Formula 1's technical regulation overhaul.
While the German, who switched from Force India at the end of last year, has had to adapt to new surroundings over the winter break, he reckons the significant changes have effectively levelled the playing field.
"It's difficult to step into a new car at the beginning. You need time to adapt," said Sutil. "But it's a completely new car for everyone this year, so there's no advantage for some drivers or a disadvantage for the others.
"Changing teams right now is probably not a bad thing as you don't have that disadvantage to other drivers. Everyone is in the same boat and no one knows how it's going to be. I think I'm on the same level as the others."
Although tentative over the potential pecking order, Sutil revealed that one of his targets for the upcoming season is to improve upon his personal best classification of ninth, achieved with Force India back in 2011.
"I always try to improve," he continued. "I would say 2011 was my best season, when I finished ninth in the championship. So my realistic target would be to be better than that ninth position.
"But we are very early here, it's always hard to make any predictions. So let's see what comes out of it."
Also on Sunday:
- Sauber reveals new C33 Formula 1 car
- Kaltenborn: No targets until after testing
- Gutiérrez: I want to be Sauber team leader