Team: Sauber F1 Team
Car No.: 99
Podiums (excluding wins): 0
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Laps Led: 0
Championship Position: 18th
Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1)
After breaking onto the F1 scene with Spyker back in 2007, Adrian Sutil appeared to have grown into a mature and adept racing driver as Force India also moved up the grid, but his move to Sauber for 2014 sent him towards the back of the grid once again.
Sure, this was Sauber’s worst ever season in F1, and the car left much to be desired, but rarely did Sutil look capable of scoring points. Qualifying inside the top ten in Austin was arguably his season highlight, and he did come close to points in Hungary, yet the constant problems blighting the team meant he stood little chance of getting into the top ten.
To cap everything off, Sutil heads into the winter with a valid contract for 2015 that Sauber is not going to honor – basically, the team will give him a chunk of money not to race next year. All in all, it looks set to be an average end to an average F1 career for the German driver.
Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno)
What must Adrian Sutil have been thinking throughout 2014? The German had been a dependable points scorer in his last three seasons in the sport with Force India, and must have thought Sauber would have provided at least a mild step up in performance.
What followed, then, for the entire 2014 season was an utter nightmare that ended with Sutil pointless and out of a seat even though he claimed he had a contract for the following season. In the 19 races in-between, Sutil had to make minor miracles occur with an utterly evil C33 chassis that seemed perpetually off balance, particularly in the corners. He also bore the brunt of unreliability, with seven retirements stopping him at various races this season.
Without a single points score, the highlights – however minor – would probably have to include his 11th place start and finish in Hungary, and his ninth place on the grid in Austin, for his and Sauber’s lone Q3 appearance all year. But overall, it felt like Sutil was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and now may be on the wrong side of the fence when the 2015 season commences.