Last Wednesday, Adrian Sutil continued his acclimation process to the Sauber team with a seat fitting in the new, recently homologated C33 chassis. As part of his visit, he also talked about a wide variety of topics for an interview that the Hinwil team recently posted over the weekend.
The German competitor has stated that he plans on breaking a career-long podium drought with Sauber, and with the new rules and regulations coming in for next year, he believes that there will be early-season opportunities for great finishes – not just for him and Sauber, but for the other small teams in the F1 paddock.
“It’s a big job for the whole team to be ready for the first few test days but from a driver’s point of view, there are big chances in the first few races to get it right – or to maybe also mess it up,” Sutil said in the interview.
“I see big chances for small teams to reach exceptional results at the early races. Maybe, a podium is in reach. We never know. But I think a rule change is always good to mix up the field again. At the moment, we have the normal teams at the front, all the others at the back, so it’s all pretty well-sorted. I think there will be a mix of teams [where] probably some didn’t expect those teams to be there.”
You can watch the rest of the 10-minute interview above.
The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.
IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.
This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.
INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists
IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.
“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.
“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.