Sutil joins Sauber for 2014

2014 F1 season

Adrian Sutil, Force India, Singapore, 2013Adrian Sutil will continue his F1 career with Sauber next season after being dropped by Force India.

Team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said Sauber “have been wanting to work together with him for a while”.

“Adrian had already visited the factory at the end of September to have a look at the infrastructure. Adrian is not only very fast, but also brings a lot of experience, which is very important looking at the new regulations for next year.”

Sutil said he had “known for a while where I wanted to go” but “the negotiations took a bit longer than planned”.

“I am determined to do my part in order to have a successful future together with the Sauber F1 Team. The long and successful tradition in motorsport, combined with an impressive factory and one of the best wind tunnels in F1, have been fascinating me for a long time.”

Sutil made his F1 debut in 2007 with Spyker, which became Force India the following year, and remained with them ever since. He spent the 2012 season on the sidelines then returned to action this year.

Sauber have already lost Nico Hulkenberg to Force India and it remains to be seen whether Esteban Gutierrez will continue with them next year.

The team said it will announce its second driver at a later date. Sauber appointed Sergey Sirotkin as a test driver in July and said he would be undergo preparations with a view to him becoming “a racing driver for the team in 2014″, but have not yet confirmed whether he will race for them.

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135 comments on Sutil joins Sauber for 2014

  1. Sherlock said on 13th December 2013, 15:10

    Positive from this announcement – Jennifer’s smile isn’t leaving us for at least a year.

  2. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 13th December 2013, 15:11

    Urrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh.

  3. MarkM (@mpmark) said on 13th December 2013, 15:16

    sauber picked the last straw…

  4. All Hail Eddie Jordan!

  5. Deej92 (@deej92) said on 13th December 2013, 15:21

    Sauber need all the money they can get so the decision to sign him is understandable. He’ll do a decent job, but the line-up is set to be a very uninspiring one with Sutil likely to be teamed up with either Gutierrez or Sirotkin (at a long shot, Petrov). Sauber won’t be expecting many giant-killing performances like they had with Perez and Hulkenberg though.

    Just on a side note: Mystic Eddie must be grinning like a Cheshire cat right about now.

  6. A long story short, FI decided Hulk is better than diresta on talent so got him and then decided sutils capri sun sponsor isnt enough so decided to get perez. looking forward to this team mate battle aswel as nando and kimi!

  7. Delighted to see Adrain’s girlfriend back in the pit lane for 2014.

  8. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 13th December 2013, 15:27

    Pretty solid choice for Sauber, he would be good alongside an improving Gutierrez!

  9. Steven (@steevkay) said on 13th December 2013, 15:36

    I think it’s the safe choice, especially if Sutil also brings sponsorship with him. One could’ve argued for Kovalainen, Di Resta, or the rookies (like Frijns or Da Costa), but I think Sutil is a known quantity, you know he’ll deliver some points as long as he has a car which is competitive (for the midfield, anyway).

    Largely indifferent to choice, and not really surprised. I don’t think Sutil is good enough for a top-tier seat, but he’s good enough to belong in F1.

  10. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 13th December 2013, 15:46

    Where are the days Sauber was renowend for their renowned for their line ups in the midfield. Sutil is an average driver but nothing more, surely they could have found something better out there. At least it brings in some money for the team.

  11. Ben (@scuderia29) said on 13th December 2013, 15:47

    so it looks like sauber will have the boring line-up next year, i know there are no real facts or science behind a boring driver line-up, its just the way i see it

  12. Amadeus said on 13th December 2013, 15:48

    Well, i am so pleased that such a talented driver will be on the grid next year! @all his haters: look at his Monte Carlo race from this season. His performance remembered us all Ayrton Senna’s overtakes in his legendary days. Any person with minimun f1 knowledge will praise his talent and speed. Of course that this yeas was a very unlucky one, but i hope that 2014 will be his breakthrough year!

  13. David Margono (@woshidavid95) said on 13th December 2013, 15:50

    Unspiring maybe, but he is a safe pair of hands like Heidfeld (Most of the time) and he occasionally has his moments, such as Monaco this year… also do remember that he almost helped Force India beat Williams and Renault in 2010 and 2011 respectively, pity his teammates weren’t as consistent back then.

  14. Ok I am no Di Resta fan, but seriously he should have a seat over Sutil. Oh well.

  15. Patrick (@paeschli) said on 13th December 2013, 17:12

    Kobayashi, pleeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaase :$

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