Posted on February 19, 2014


Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg went quickest on the first day of the second pre-season test in Bahrain as Red Bull Racing again hit trouble. Sebastian Vettel completed just 14 laps of the Sakhir circuit in the afternoon before a mechanical issue brought his running to a halt. The defending champions arrived in Bahrain hoping that work at its Milton Keynes base and at Renault’s HQ in Viry had cured the problems that restricted the team to just 21 laps in Jerez but day one Bahrain began in the same style with RB10 garage-bound until the afternoon. When Vettel eventually emerged More…

Posted on January 26, 2014


Sauber has unveiled its 2014 challenger, the C33, with the team’s Chief Designer Eric Gandelin saying a key element in the design process has been to build a car that can be adapted throughout the upcoming season. Revealed in an online launch, the new car, which will once again feature Ferrari power, sports a nosecone solution similar to that seen on the McLaren MP4/29 and in the early images of the new Williams machine. The C33, which will be raced by Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez, retains last year’s grey livery . With teams facing radically altered technical regulations, Gandelin More…

Posted on December 14, 2013


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 More…

Posted on December 4, 2013


Continuing our series of analysis of the head-to-head records of team mate pairings, here’s the analysis of Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil’s season at Force India. At least one driver, maybe both, will miss out on a seat with the team next year after Force India announced that Nico Hulkenberg will return to the outfit in 2014. Most people expect ex-McLaren driver Sergio Perez to get the second seat, but with the team breaking with tradition and not naming both drivers at the same time, it seems there is still room for negotiation. Sutil and Di Resta were first More…

Posted on May 22, 2013


Force India’s Adrian Sutil has suggested he and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton are still some way off sorting out their differences after the two came face-to-face in an FIA press conference today for the first time this season. The duo were once good friends, having got on well as they made their way through the various junior formulae and in their first few years in Formula 1 together. The situation changed in 2011, though, when Sutil was involved in an incident in a Shanghai nightclub following Hamilton’s Chinese Grand Prix win. Sutil had hoped Hamilton would serve as a witness, but More…

Posted on March 18, 2013


Force India’s Adrian Sutil has set his sights on a maiden podium in Formula 1 after twice leading the Australian Grand Prix before finishing seventh on his return to the sport. The German, 30, missed the 2012 season after being convicted of grievous bodily harm following an incident with Lotus F1 co-owner Eric Lux in Shanghai 2011. However, Sutil was given another chance by a team whom he drove for between 2007-11, beating off competition from Jules Bianchi for the seat alongside Paul di Resta. And the German, who only had three days of testing, delivered a brilliant performance to More…

Posted on February 28, 2013


Sahara Force India F1 team today ended the long running sage of who would fill the final seat on the F1 grid in 2013. Just 16 days before the drivers hit the track for Free Practice in Melbourne, Adrian Sutil was confirmed in the seat alongside Paul di Resta. Sutil, 30, who missed the 2012 season after being convicted of grevious bodily harm following an incident with Lotus F1 co-owner Eric Lux in Shanghai 2011, has been restored to F1 and has a point to prove. “I’m delighted to be back in Formula One, especially with a team I know More…

Posted on February 21, 2013


Fernando Alonso completed his first week in the new Ferrari F138 by topping the times on the third day of testing in Barcelona, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and Romain Grosjean. Alonso – who is handing the car over to Felipe Massa tomorrow for the final day of the test – used today as a chance to show his team’s pace on the soft compound tyre, completing a number of single-lap runs during the morning session. His time today was within 1/10th of Sergio Perez’s time yesterday, and half a second quicker than Alonso managed in Q3 of qualifying last year. More…

Posted on December 17, 2012


Adrian Sutil says that there are no legal reasons why he cannot return to F1 as a Force India driver for next season. Sutil, who will turn 30 in January, lost his Force India drive in 2011 after being convicted in a German court of wounding Lotus F1 team executive Eric Lux in a night club brawl in Shanghai. But with Nico Hulkenberg moving on to Sauber for 2013, Sutil and his agent have worked hard behind the scened to force his way into contention. And he says that his criminal record will not be a barrier to getting visas More…

Posted on February 8, 2012


Former Force India driver Adrian Sutil is set to appeal against his conviction for GBH handed down by courts in his native Germany last week. At the end of a two-day trial in Munich, the 29-year-old was found guilty of assaulting the co-owner of the Lotus F1 team, Eric Lux, in a Shanghai nightclub last April following the Chinese Grand Prix and given an 18-month suspended sentence and a fine of £166,139. But on Wednesday Sutil’s manager, Manfred Zimmermann, confirmed that his client was lodging an appeal against the decision. “We are convinced that this judgment is not appropriate,” Zimmermann More…

Posted on January 31, 2012


Former Force India driver Adrian Sutil has been in Munich this week appearing before public prosecutors charged with grievous bodily harm surrounding an incident with the co-owner of the Lotus F1 team in a Shanghai nightclub last April, and on Tuesday the court found the German driver guilty and gave him an 18-month suspended sentence. The 29-year-old was also handed a 200,000 euro (£166,139) fine, which will be paid to charities, according to the BBC. The two-day trial had centred around an incident following last year’s Chinese Grand Prix when Sutil had been in a nightclub celebrating his close friend More…

Posted on June 23, 2011


Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari was speaking today about his season so far and batting away questions about whether he is likely to be moved aside in order for Daniel Ricciardo to be given a chance to do a race weekend, or maybe a series of them. “I think it is interesting as he (Ricciardo) gets to try different things on the car and at the end, still this year, I did not find the best way to improve the car, the performance, and am just still learning about the set-up, about the tyres, about so many things on the More…

Posted on May 20, 2011


The situation surrounding the injury sustained by Renault F1′s Eric Lux at the hands of Force India driver Adrian Sutil in a Shanghai nightclub continues to fascinate the paddock. From Force India’s cryptic statement which fully supported their driver, for this race, to the last line of Lux’s lawyer’s press release which hinted that he would also be seeking redress from others who may have had an indirect involvement, the story has more twists and turns than this Catalunya circuit. Sutil’s manager Manfred Zimmerman has made some interesting comments to a couple of my German colleagues which are worth noting. More…

Posted on May 16, 2011


A statement has just been released by Eric Lux, the co-owner of Genii Capital and therefore of the Renault F1 team, who was injured in an incident with Adrian Sutil on the evening after the Chinese Grand Prix. He says that he plans to press for criminal proceedings against the Force India driver, “Mr Eric Lux has decided to file a criminal complaint against Mister Adrian Sutil for physical assault and grievous bodily harm. “As soon as the complaint is registered, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the team Force India will be notified. “Furthermore, please note that Mr More…

Posted on January 26, 2011


With five days to go until the start of the new testing season, the worst kept secret of the winter was confirmed today when the Force India team announced that its two race drivers this season will be Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta. Williams refugee Nico Hulkenberg becomes the reserve driver. It’s a great step for Di Resta, 24, who impressed last season in his role as Friday driver and as champion of the DTM with Mercedes. The support of the Stuttgart manufacturer has been instrumental in him getting the role. Di Resta beat reigning F1 champion Sebastian Vettel More…

Posted on October 29, 2009


The last time Jarno Trulli saw Adrian Sutil before today was when he was screaming at him over their first lap collision in Brazil. Trulli felt that the fault was entirely Sutil’s and today in the press conference at Yas Marina Circuit, the war of words spilled out again – that may well have been the reason why they were placed next to each other… There were quite a few incidents between drivers in Brazil and it looks like it will be a lively drivers’ briefing on Friday. Several drivers have indicated that they want to discuss the Kobayashi/Nakajima collision More…



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