The history of great returns and comebacks of pilots in Formula 1 after a short brake doesn’t abound in great numbers. But still there are some exceptions to the rule, and some of them are really successful. Adrean Sutil is one of these exceptions. On Thursday he stood on the way of comeback. He showed the best result of the week among the representatives of the Indian team.
This German racer told the public that he didn’t feel any kind of pressure, caused by the competitive atmosphere within the team. Last week Sutil was fighting for the only available place in the championship together with Joule Bianki. But the decision will be made according to some other, far from competition reasons. The managing Council of Force India Team will decide, whether to put Sutil into the team or not.
Adrian Sutil:” I’ve spent the day very well, which is very important for me. Now I can return to a sound sleep. I think that the team should understand that I still have my speed. I haven’t sat behind the wheel for a year or so, but I have always been sure I can outperform other counterparts. That is what I have already shown to the team. Even in the first heat I showed very good seconds, which surprised greatly my fellow-pilots. I even saw them smiling.
The team will reach the most suitable decision, based on the numerous factors, apart from speed. They are still in two minds but it wouldn’t last long, because the race in Melbourne is on the way. So it’s a necessity to choose pilots who will take part in it. I have done what at least I could do – I reached a great result on track. So it is now up to the team to decide whether to choose me or not.
The question is: me or Bianki? We shall see, but I spent in Force India six years, and they know me better than any other team on track. I don’t know who is the best, but I have done all I could to prove my force.
You ask me if I want to work as a test-pilot. Well, you know, I have only a few years beforehand, while I am already thirty. I want to compete, and if I don’t find a place in Formula 1, I will have to consider some other ways to join the racing competition”.