Magon makes a fair point about Sutil, but to me, Formula 1 isn’t about chances, it’s about results. Sutil did fine, but I’ve never heard anyone praise him like you do, to be honest. Most people I know consider him a solid points scorer, even though his results have been inconsistent.
There are many drivers who have deserved a shot with a race winning car, but Sutil was simply never asked to do so. As far as we know, he has never been on the list of a team other than Force India and now he’s returning there, which does make me question his appeal to the top teams, regardless of his crime.
People are writing off Perez in the same manner they’ve written off Massa when he joined Ferrari in 2006, stating Ferrari should have retained Rubens, or get another mid-field driver. I think Sutil has a difficult age as well, he’s too old to be considered a young potential, but hasn’t been in F1 long or successfully enough to warrant a seat at a better team or to consider retirement.
Again, there are a lot of drivers who I’d love to have gotten a 2nd, 3rd or 14th chance. They usually don’t get to, because there are a ton of drivers who don’t need a second chance to be successful.