Returning Formula One driver Adrian Sutil has revealed his ambition to help Force India become a front running team in 2013.
Sutil was dropped by Force India at the end of 2011 following an altercation in a Chinese nightclub which saw the German driver receive an eighteen month suspended prison sentence for assault. However, following Nico Hulkenburg’s move to Sauber, a seat was made available at the team alongside Paul di Resta. Although Sutil may not be a popular choice among the fans, he is certainly relishing his comeback.
“Having been away from the sport, I’m even more determined to achieve my goals in Formula One. My targets are very high. I am not here to race for fifth or sixth position. I want to go on the podium. I want to win in the future and be one of the best drivers in the world in F1.”
With a record of 90 points in 90 races, Sutil’s chances of joining the front runners may seem slim, but he appears to be reinvigorated heading into the final test in Barcelona. He also appeared keen to put the incident in 2011 behind him.
“Everyone can make mistakes in life. I don’t think there is a single person here who never made a mistake. My one was maybe a different one and was very public. There are others probably even worse, but no one talks about them.”
Sutil’s record in Formula One is certainly a mixed one. Despite only having a best result of fourth place in the 2009 Italian GP, his consistency during his last season (2011) was praised by many in the paddock. If the German driver can answer his critics on the track, it will go a long way to ending whispers of his actions off it.