Sutil expecting difficult Suzuka return
23 September 2015 – Adrian Sutil says he is expecting a difficult return to the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend, in his capacity as Williams' reserve driver, following the events of the 2014 race.
Sutil, then racing for Sauber, crashed out at Dunlop Curve in wet conditions, prompting the introduction of the recovery vehicle which Jules Bianchi struck when he left the circuit a lap later.
Bianchi sustained severe head injuries in the collision and passed away in July this year, following a nine month battle for survival.
"It will certainly be a different feeling, but not just for me but also for many others who were indirectly involved," he explained to DPA.
"The next Grand Prix in Japan is certainly more difficult for all. That was an extreme accident and it took a long time to have such moments go out of my head. I would not say that it is a permanent shock - it is an eye opener of what we actually are doing."
Sutil added that Bianchi's accident was a reminder of the dangers present in Formula 1 but insists that he never considered ending his racing career.
"Such moments remind us [of the danger]. [But] if I could not agree with it, I would not be sitting here. I would stop.
"When I decided to become a racing driver, I was aware that there is a risk. Of course one forgets [the danger] the longer nothing happens. Such a moment reminds us again that it continues to be a dangerous sport."