Adrian Sutil feels confident that Sauber is making some good progress up the grid this season following a successful German Grand Prix at Hockenheim last weekend.
The German driver retired from the race after a spin, but was wholly pleased with the weekend and the pace that he had underneath him. Although the season hasn’t gone to plan so far, he is feeling optimistic for the future.
“It would be nice to have some more success and some better results, but the situation is like that,” Sutil explained to the media on Thursday. “Formula 1 goes up and down sometimes, you have to get up again, that’s what we’re trying. It’s quite encouraging to have the last race at Hockenheim, we were much closer and finally we could fight against better teams.
“If you look at it optimistically, there was a chance for a point. Of course, a few cars didn’t finish, but we were just able to race. We raced with Raikkonen in the Ferrari, with Toro Rosso, with Force India. It was much better, and the whole weekend in general, we were much closer to the top ten. I expect a better final half of the season.”
Sutil was rumored to be on his way out of Sauber for the race at Hockenheim, giving reserve driver Giedo van der Garde a chance to step up. However, he is not bothered about the speculation and made light of it in Hungary.
“I think for half of my career they said ‘Adrian is out’ – I’m still here, 120th grand prix, any more questions?” he joked. “I’ll be here for much longer, so sorry, but you’ll have to live with my face!
“We are good here, and the team is holding together in this time. This is no problem.
“We will try to get out of this difficult situation, I am sure, then you can also write some good stuff about us.”