'Loyal' Sutil uncertain of Formula 1 future

By on Monday, August 5, 2013
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Adrian Sutil concedes he does not know whether he will be racing in Formula 1 next season.

Sutil, 30, returned to the sport this year after a sabbatical in 2012, when he was charged with assaulting Lotus CEO Eric Lux.

Sutil is currently in eleventh place in the championship, with a best finish of fifth in Monaco.

Sutil has started 100 races in Formula 1, all for the team based at Silverstone, in current guise Force India and formerly Spyker.

"I am now half a year in, acclimatised myself to life in F1 again and all the procedures are now perfect, I can go almost 100 per cent on my performance. Let's see what the future brings, I don't know," he said.

"There are some interesting seats available but it depends on certain drivers moving, and then the carousel turns. It's a bit too early. I have my goals, I know where I want to go; I have my plans for the future."

"I won't tell it now of course, it would make things too easy. But I'm a loyal person to this team, and whatever I do I will speak to Vijay [Mallya] first."

"I have a great team boss - Vijay Mallya, he's pushing the team, he wants it. Many drivers jump from one team to the other. I know what I have here and I need to have a good offer from a really good team to change that. So it's normal. I'm already six years in Formula 1."

Sutil also admitted that several teams are seeking drivers with healthy sponsorship packages in order to alleviate financial concerns.

"It's difficult - in F1 the money is not really there," he added.

"The top teams are doing very well, but the teams outside that are struggling to survive. They need drivers with sponsorship because they can't get it themselves, so sometimes with rare nationalities it is easier to get sponsors and that's why teams are looking for these kinds of drivers."


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