Adrian Sutil

Sutil portrait#99 | Adrian Sutil | Sauber

Date of Birth: 11/01/1983 | Nationality: German | Twitter: @SutilAdrian


Sutil joined Midland in 2006 as a test driver and dovetailed his practice commitments with his title winning season in Japanese Formula Three.

For 2007 he was promoted to a race seat once Dutch car company Spyker took over ownership of the squad. The team was firmly rooted at the back of the grid but Sutil impressed on occasion, most notably during a wet practice session in Monaco. He managed to claim a solitary point for the team in treacherous conditions in Japan.

Sutil continued to race for the renamed Force India team in 2008 but struggled at the back of the grid. He starred in Monaco but lost a points finish late on when struck by Kimi Raikkonen.

There were improvements in 2009 as Sutil came close to scoring a point in Australia and crashed out of a top six result late on in China. The brekathrough came in Italy when the low downforce traits of the circuit played into the team's hands, allowing Sutil to claim the fastest lap of the race on his way to fourth place. He also qualified strongly in Brazil but was taken out of the race on the first lap.

Force India made the transition into a midfield outfit in 2010 and Sutil duly established himself as a reliable driver. He finished in fifth place twice and amassed 47 points, putting him into the fringes of the top 10 in the championship. 2011 was a continuation of 2010's form but Sutil put in a couple of eye-catching performances as he became one of the top midfield drivers by finishing the championship in ninth place.

He missed out on a race seat in 2012 following a nightclub incident in China, for which he was handed suspended prison sentence and a fine.

He returned to the sport with Force India in 2013 and led the race in Australia before settling for seventh place. A starring drive in Monaco netted him fifth but he tailed off towards the end of the year as Force India was caught out by the tyre changes mid-season. Mechanical problems and a few clashes cost him points when the car was strong at the start of the year. For the first time in his career, he changes teams for 2014.