Adrian Sutil says he hopes that his move to Sauber for the 2014 F1 season will prove to be the catalyst for a first trip to the podium.
The German makes the move to a new team having spent his whole career with Force India
– in its various guises – but has never finished higher than fourth.
Having elected to take on a fresh challenge for 2014 with his move to a new team, Sutil said he was hopeful of being able to make the step onto the F1 podium for the first time.
“I felt that it was time for a change and we worked hard for it for months to make it happen,” he told the official F1 website. “It will be an interesting experience to see how another team goes about things.
“It had been my wish to have a change after six good years with Force India
- and Sauber was my priority. My manager has been in contact with them since autumn - and around that time I visited the factory in Hinwil for the first time.
“I'm convinced that we will have a successful time - and I'm looking very much forward to my first podium! Sauber have had some podiums in the past and that is exactly what I want.”
Sutil is currently the only driver to have been confirmed by Sauber for 2014, and the 30-year-old said he wasn't concerned about who would line-up alongside him next year.
“To be honest: I don't care [who it is],” he said. “It should be the best and fastest team-mate that is available!”