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Sutil 'happy' to stick with Force India for 2014
5 August 2013
Adrian Sutil has confirmed he would be more than happy to remain with Force India next season, although as yet 'nothing is decided'.
Sutil got the chance to return to F1 this year after being thrown a late life-line by the Silverstone-based outfit.
It was a welcome second chance for the German after he had to sit out the 2012 season following a 2011 altercation in a Chinese nightclub that led to Genii Capital's Eric Lux pursuing GBH charges and Nico Hulkenberg getting the nod to partner Paul di Resta.
Since his making his comeback, Sutil has done pretty well, notching up 23 points in total and he currently sits eleventh in the drivers' championship, one spot and 13 points behind his team-mate. While di Resta has been linked to a number of bigger teams though, Sutil hasn't been mentioned, not that he is too concerned.
“I do the best job I can and it's the decision of the other teams if they want to take me,” he said in an interview with GP Week
. “But I am also happy here. There aren't so many teams that are better than Force India.
“Of course he [di Resta] is a bit younger than me and probably wants to get out of Force India. [But] I have no problem staying here. I'm happy to stay here. I have a great team boss - Vijay Mallya, he's pushing the team, he wants it. Many drivers jump from one team to the other. I know what I have here and I need to have a good offer from a really good team to change that. So it's normal.
“I'm already six years in F1. He is just in his third year in F1, so he is a bit more fresh, trying more to get into a top team. But let's see. For me it's more important to have clear offers than just rumours that I will go somewhere because that means nothing. At the moment nothing is decided. I wish him luck in his future career of course but it doesn't affect me.”
Sutil's best result this season was his fifth place in Monte Carlo, but he is confident he can do better.
“The car was really competitive [in the first 'half' of the season] and sometimes I think we [have] even had the chance of a podium,” he continued. “Bahrain was probably the race where it could have happened and my race pace was the fastest over-all. Paul was very close to it. In Silverstone I was very close again. I think it's just a matter of time now.
“If you come close so many times it will finally happen. We shouldn't give up, and just try to push on a bit more,” he concluded.