Sutil: “Everyone deserves a second chance”

2013 F1 season

Adrian Sutil, Force India, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013Adrian Sutil said he was always positive he’d get another opportunity to race in Formula One and was grateful to get a second chance with Force India.

Sutil said it was a “very happy moment” when he received the news, adding he didn’t know why it had taken so long. “All the last days I have a very good feeling that it’s going to go through and today I got the message at 12 o’clock or 12:30,” he said.

“It just shows that you should never give up,” he added. “If you work hard in it, if you believe in it you get a second chance. Everyone deserves a second chance.”

Sutil said there would be “no problems” arising from his conviction for injuring Eric Lux in a nightclub in Shanghai two years ago.

“Everyone can do mistakes in life”, he said when asked about the incident. “If you never do mistakes you will never grow.”

“I don’t think there’s a single person here who’s never done a mistake. My one was maybe a different one and it was very public but other ones are probably even worse but no one is even talking about it.

“I think whenever someone is doing something wrong to me I always give them the opportunity to show that he’s still a good person. I’ll give him a second chance.

“I see very similar here. Of course it’s a tough business but we’re not perfect, no one is perfect, that’s why life is an adventure.”

Sutil added Force India had clearly moved on during his year our of the team: “I could see some good progress here already in the first test”.

“Some new people in the team, new structures. Everywhere a little bit. And it’s nice to see that: It’s still a small team but I’m sure we can have a very good season.

“My targets are very high – I’m not here to race for fifth, sixth position, I want to go podium. I rise my goal. I want to win for the future, I want to go and be one of the best drivers in the world in Formula One.”

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66 comments on Sutil: “Everyone deserves a second chance”

  1. I would say Sutil is most definetly not on his second chance; he is on his 6th. He has had 5 seasons in F1 and has already shown what he is capable of, which is far from remarkable. I would have liked to see Force India having a more dynamic driver line-up, as they already have dependability and a benchmark in Di Resta, who by recent standards is an experienced driver. Force India can not afford to play the safe game if the rumours surrounding their financial situation bear fruit, so taking a risk with Bianchi could have potentially brought them into the limelight and who knows, maybe he is a world champion in the making.

    I just hope that this isn’t yet another sponsor driven driver selection, and that Force India have made the right choice. I am very skeptical they have though.

  2. plutoniumhunter (@plutoniumhunter) said on 28th February 2013, 18:16

    Adrian Sutl, born again F1 driver?

  3. The Limit said on 28th February 2013, 18:29

    To be honest I am not going to judge Sutil on what happened in China, I was not there and thats that. The courts handled the evidence and acted accordingly. As for Lewis Hamilton not appearing in court to defend Sutil, again, not for me to judge. We don’t know if it was Hamilton’s decision to stay away or McLaren ordering him not to. We simply can only assume, and debate, the reasons why. I said at the time that Sutil only had himself to blame for his predicament, he was the man on trial not Lewis Hamilton. He put himself in that dock and nobody else.
    With the passing of time, it appears that Sutil has had time to reflect back on life and his past decisions. He excepts what he did, excepts that he was wrong, and as far as I am concerned thats that. As for Bianchi I have to say that, despite the protestations of some, it appears as if the ‘teams’ deem him not ready for Formula One. There is obviously a quality in Sutil that Force India like otherwise we would not be having this debate, and Adrian would have had to go back to giving piano lessons like he did last year!

    • Gordon (@) said on 28th February 2013, 18:40

      COTD in my opinion – though I don’t quite get the piano lessons bit, lol. So many people are slating his performances – yes, he’s been there for a few years, but the spyker was a very slow car and he’s done very well with what he’s had in my opinion, just look at how he did in his last season with them, in 2011. But I do agree that Paul isn’t anywhere near as good as the media make out let alone himself implying that he should’ve had the McLaren drive!

      In my opinion, I think Marussia should sign someone like Bruno/Heikki/Kamui because if Chilton’s record is anything to go by, he won’t extract the full potential out of the Marussia (not that it’s going to have a lot of potential, but for their sake it is important to beat Caterham to 10th place in the constructors and then get more money).

  4. Wessel (@wessel-v1) said on 28th February 2013, 18:29

    I think it’s hard to judge Sutil. After all, he did beat his teammates on a regular basis, with the possible exception of Di Resta, though Sutil finished 9th in the championship that year.

    Also, don’t forget that Force India recently invested a huge amount of money to get the team perform structurally at a higher level. Why prefer Bianchi over Sutil then? After all, when Sutil arrived at Spyker the team was rubbish, now it’s a solid midfielder. Of course the team knows more than we do, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the reason the team prefered Sutil over Bianchi.

  5. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 28th February 2013, 19:49

    I think whenever someone is doing something wrong to me I always give them the opportunity to show that he’s still a good person. I’ll give him a second chance.

    Is that Sutil inviting an apology from Lewis Hamilton?

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