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Force India: Sutil has learned from year out

12 March 2013

Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley says he feels that Adrian Sutil has 'learned a lot' from his enforced spell on the F1 sidelines last season.

The German sat out the 2012 season after losing his drive with the Silverstone-based squad following his conviction for grievous bodily harm after an incident in a Shanghai nightclub during the 2011 campaign.

Sutil will however return to the grid this year after Force India elected to bring him back into the team as replacement for Nico Hulkenberg, with Sutil getting the nod ahead of Jules Bianchi to partner Paul di Resta.

Speaking to Sporting Life, Fernley said he felt Sutil has proved himself to be worthy of a second chance in the sport and that he had matured from his year away.

"Adrian was exemplary,” he said. "He just ticked every box, which was no disrespect to Jules because it was a very tough decision. We just felt Adrian has that tiny bit more experience to deliver what we need to do this year, but it was a very difficult decision.

"If you saw the way Adrian carried himself after that test, he's learned a lot by being out for a year. Adrian has always been very fast. We had to make a choice at the end of 2011 whether to go for Adrian or Nico, and it was Nico.

"But now Adrian is deserving of a second chance, and that's why we are giving him one."

Fernley also added that he wasn't concerned at the possibility that Sutil's conviction could cause problems during the year ahead when it comes to getting a visa to visit the various circuits on the calendar.

"I don't think there are any problems,” he said. "It's just a matter of the management team clearing them all up beforehand. We don't expect any problems at all.

"I don't see any issues. I think it's about being transparent, and then it will be fine."


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