Sutil doesn’t see di Resta as a threat

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Returning Formula One driver Adrian Sutil has stated in an interview that he does not see teammate Paul di Resta as a serious threat in 2013.

Following a year out from the sport, Sutil had been expected by many to play second fiddle to the Scot this season, but it would appear that the German driver has other ideas.

“I know he’s a strong driver, but I have shown I am a strong driver too. It’s nothing I have to be worried about.”

Sutil was confirmed by Force India on Thursday as Nico Hulkenburg’s replacement, seeing a return to the team’s 2011 partnership, a year in which Adrian outperformed di Resta.

“I was ahead of him. I was ahead of him in the championship. I was ninth, he was thirteenth. That’s the bottom line. What more can I say?

“Of course my aim is to do better, get the best position, not only concentrate on my team-mate.”

It would appear the year out has given Sutil renewed vigor, and his focus in 2013 will be to exceed expectations on track to draw attention away from his off track antics. All teams strive for a harmonious partnership between their drivers, and although Force India will be keen on di Resta and Sutil competing and pushing each other, they will want to avoid any problems surfacing. Both Red Bull and McLaren have been hindered by inter-team clashes in the past few seasons. However, if Sutil wants to banish his ‘bad boy’ image, he will have to work closely with di Resta in 2013.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.