|Born||November 11, 1983||Nationality||German|
|Team||Force India||F1 Debut||-|
|Career statistics to end 2012|
|Pole Position(s)||-||Fastest Lap(s)||-|
Adrian Sutil seemed to have called ‘Time’ on his own career when he became embroiled in a night-club incident that led to criminal prosecution, a suspended sentence and a heavy fine.
It was doubly unfortunate: the German, a gifted pianist, was beginning to hit the right notes in the cockpit as well, finishing ninth in the Drivers’ Championship in 2011, which was his fourth season with Force India and his fifth in Formula 1.
But now he’s been given a second chance. Force India, who were hesitating between Sutil and youngster Jules Bianchi, have decided to go for experience. “It was a close call,” said Dr Vijay Mallya, “but ultimately we felt that Adrian’s experience and historic links to the team gave him the edge, and will provide us with the best possible chance of realising our ambitions for the coming season.”
Sutil’s F1 career highlight so far was in Italy back in 2009: a front-row start, his only one to date… fourth place, his best result… and fastest lap, the only one he has achieved in a Formula 1 car.
“Everyone can make a mistake,” he says, so let’s hope his second crack at Formula 1 allows him to pick up where he left off in 2011. Force India are ready to make a big push: are Sutil and Di Resta the men to do it?