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.