Sutil focused on staying in Formula 1 next season


ABU DHABI – Adrian Sutil has said that he remains uncertain where his future in motorsport lies after being dropped by Sauber for 2015, but is focused on remaining in Formula 1.

Sutil joined Sauber at the beginning of the season, but has been dropped for 2015 to make room for Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr. Current teammate Esteban Gutierrez is also looking for another seat, and is likely to take up a reserve role for next year.

Unlike Gutierrez though, Sutil does have a contract with Sauber for 2015, and has already said that the issue needs to be resolved by the team soon. Speaking yesterday in Abu Dhabi though, he could give no new updates.

“I’ve got my feelings, but I will not say where this feelings goes,” Sutil explained. “It’s just something I can’t comment on at the moment. I hope you guys respect that. It’s something to sort out, then we’ll see what’s going to happen.”

The German driver did concede that there is a big question mark hanging over his head following this turn of events, but he remains committed to finding a future in Formula 1.

“Sure, there’s a little question mark after the news I read,” Sutil acknowledged. “There is a little uncertainty. You never know 100% what’s going to happen, but certain things have to be clear, and then you can go on.

“We have to wait and, for sure, there will be some clarification soon, then I’ll let you know about my future and what I want. My heart is for Formula 1 still. I like to be here and to race with these cars.”

When asked if he felt badly treated by Sauber, Sutil simply said that he was focusing on the race weekend in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

“I can’t really say anything,” he said. “I know you all want to know something, but there’s nothing I can say.

“For me, this is the focus now, on this weekend. I’m not interested in something else right now.”

Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.