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Force India puts Sutil up with best in F1

Force India reckons that it has a top-line driver in its line-up as it prepares to reconfirm Adrian Sutil for a fourth campaign.
Having briefly expressed disappointment with his apparent interest in leaving the team that gave him his F1 break, Force India is once again singing the praises of Adrian Sutil, all but confirming that the German will be leading its charge in 2011.

Sutil allowed the option to extend his FIF1 contract to lapse towards the end of last season, enticed by potential openings in the line-ups at both Mercedes and Renault but, with all meaningful doors now closed thanks to the re-signing of Michael Schumacher and Vitaly Petrov at Brackley and Enstone respectively, the German is back at Silverstone preparing to be announced as Force India number one for another season.

He is likely to be partnered by new DTM champion Paul di Resta, with 2010 team-mate Tonio Liuzzi the odd man out despite having a year to run on his deal, and both team owner Vijay Mallya and COO Otmar Szafnauer have been quick to emphasise the regard in which they hold the former F3 Euroseries runner-up.

“In terms of driving, he sits directly behind Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel and Kubica among the category of the top drivers in F1,” the experienced Szafnauer told Auto Motor und Sport, despite Sutil having never stood on a grand prix podium and with just one front row start and fastest lap to his name in the four years since he graduated from the role as test driver at Midland F1 to race for the Spyker team that replaced it.

“He has grown with the team and contributed to our improvements,” Mallya reflected, “He is also developing personally and I expect this upwards trend to continue.”

Sutil, meanwhile, hasn't exactly given up on moving on from Force India should the right opportunity present itself, with the chance to reunite with his former F3 team-mate top of his list.

"I would love to again be in a team with Lewis," he confirmed, having partnered the Briton at ASM in what he claims was the most important year of his career, "I knew I was better than my results, but only in the final round at Hockenheim [following a move from Kolles to ASM], did I have the chance to prove it. This was absolutely the turning point in my career, the only reason I am now in F1."



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Friday Practice 1, Robert Kubica (POL), Renault F1 Team, R30

Adrian Sutil (GER), Force India F1 Team
Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6 pole position, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25 2nd position and Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F10 3rd position
Friday Practice 1, Adrian Sutil (GER), Force India F1 Team, VJM03
Friday Practice 1, Adrian Sutil (GER), Force India F1 Team, VJM03
Qualifying, Adrian Sutil (GER), Force India F1 Team, VJM03
21.09.2014 - Race, Pit stop, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
21.09.2014 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07 and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
21.09.2014 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
21.09.2014 - Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
21.09.2014 - Race, Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33 retires from the race
21.09.2014 - Race, Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33
21.09.2014 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
21.09.2014 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
21.09.2014 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
21.09.2014 - Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
21.09.2014 - Race, (L) Vijay Mallya (IND), Chairman and Managine Director Force India
21.09.2014 - Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07

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Cardinal

January 25, 2011 10:09 AM

No he's not. No way Jose. He's a competent midfield runner. Put him in a Macca/Red Bull/Ferrari he wouldn't stand a chance against the guys mentioned above. They are WDCs for the same reason Sutil isn't.



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