With the signing of Adrian Sutil at Sauber following on from Sergio Perez at Force India, the expected pieces of the middle order driver market have been falling into place.
There remains the question of who will partner Sutil next season, with Esteban Gutierrez hoping for a second chance, but much will depend on whether Sergey Sirotkin’s money and superlicence are forthcoming.
Sutil had been building relationships with Sauber for some time, visiting the factory in Switzerland and his girlfriend could be seen in the paddock in the final races of the season hanging out with Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn.
This deal, in other words, has been on the cards for some time. What is perhaps surprising is the fact that it took this long to conclude all the details of the deal.
Kaltenborn said, “We are pleased, that we were able to sign Adrian, particularly as we have been wanting to work together with him for a while. Adrian had already visited the factory at the end of September to have a look at the infrastructure.
“Adrian is not only very fast, but also brings a lot of experience, which is very important looking at the new regulations for next year. We welcome Adrian to the Sauber F1 Team and look forward to a successful collaboration.”