Adrian Sutil: the driver debates

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Adrian Sutil, Melbourne, Force India F1 Team, 470150

Here’s the first in a new series of articles where I’m going to open the floor to pretty much any comments you have about each of the drivers in turn.

First up: what do you think of Adrian Sutil?

Adrian Sutil, Sepang, Force India F1 Team, 2, 470313

I first became aware of Adrian Sutil in 2005 when he was Lewis Hamilton’s team mate at ASM in the Formula Three Euroseries. To say Hamilton showed Sutil the way would be quite the understatement – the British driver won 15 races out of 20 (which would have been 16 but for an unfortunate disqualification) while Sutil claimed only one.

Of course, Sutil didn’t have anything like the kind of manufacturer support Hamilton had at the time (and indeed for several years beforehand). Where Hamilton had Ron Dennis, Sutil had Colin Kolles, who guided him into F1 last year after the German driver won the 2006 Japanese F3 title.

His experience in Japan paid off when he scored Spyker’s sole point last year at Fuji in dreadful conditions. He also shined in the wet at Monte-Carlo, leading practice on the damp streets last year. He quickly out-stripped Cristijan Albers, who was duly shown the door, and Sakon Yamamoto proved no problem either. I ranked him 18th in last year’s driver rankings.

In Giancarlo Fisichella Sutil has a very telling benchmark as a team mate. Historically Fisichella tends to have performed better in less good cars and tended to beat his team mates until he found himself up against Fernando Alonso and Heikki Kovalainen at Renault.

Simply matching Fisichella will earn Sutil some kudos but to get the top teams knocking Sutil will have to start out-qualifying and out-racing him week-in, week-out.

How do you rate Adrian Sutil?

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