Sutil: Ericsson joining Sauber doesn’t change my plans

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Adrian Sutil has said that his plans for the 2015 Formula 1 season have not changed despite Sauber announcing today that Marcus Ericsson will be joining the team for next year.

The Swiss team confirmed on Friday that Ericsson will be leaving Caterham for a move to Hinwil, meaning that either Sutil or teammate Esteban Gutierrez will be out at the end of the year.

Sutil has suggested for some time that he has a contract for next season with Sauber, and believes the fact that Sauber has a number of drivers vying for the seat and possibly under contract for 2015 has caused a problem.

“No, for me it doesn’t make any changes,” Sutil said. “This [multiple drivers under contract] is I think the problem of the team so I have no real idea and I can’t really comment on that I think.

“Miss Kaltenborn [Sauber team boss] has to comment on that, what she’s planning and her intention. What can I say? I’m not concerned, no.”

Besides Sutil and Gutierrez, Sauber also has reserve drivers Giedo van der Garde and Sergey Sirotkin on its books, and both are known to be in the running for the final seat.

In qualifying today in Austin, Sutil put all uncertainty about his future to one side to rally to his best qualifying result in over a year, finishing 10th in Q3.

“I think the conditions today were really good for us,” Sutil explained. “It was cold, the track was in a cooler condition, no wind out there. Also the car was behaving probably a little bit better than usual, so this was a combination of confidence in the car and maybe my speed.

“I felt good. When I feel good, I can perform. It’s quite still surprising with this car, but you should never give up and that’s what we showed.

“There’s a good mood in the team because it has been a tough season with no real success. This is a good moment. We hope for even a better moment tomorrow. Whatever comes, we try our best.”

Sutil will start tomorrow’s race from ninth position on the grid by virtue of Jenson Button’s five-place grid penalty.