The German driver was recently confirmed at Sauber for next season after making a direct switch with Nico Hulkenberg, who returns to Force India. He will partner Esteban Gutierrez, who made his F1 debut with the Swiss team this year.
A raft of changes to the F1 technical rules will be introduced next season, including the new 1.6 litre V6 Turbo power-units. Teams are thought to be struggling to get their cars ready for the first winter test in Jerez at the end of January.
Sutil believes 2014 could see smaller teams making the podium, saying in a video interview released by the Sauber team: “2014 will be a different season to what we are used to – new engines, very different tyres, and the car in general will be different to drive.
“It’s a new era in Formula 1. For us drivers it’s interesting to have something new, to have changes in the sport so it never gets boring. There are chances at the first few races to get it right or maybe mess it up.
“I see big chances for smaller teams to reach exceptional results at the early races. Maybe a podium is in reach, you never know.”
The 30-year-old believes this is good for the sport. “At the moment we have the normal teams at the front and the others in the back so it’s all pretty well-sorted,” he said.
“I think a rule change is good to mix the field up again. There will be a mix of teams [at the front], probably some that didn’t expect to be there. I’m looking forward to it. It will be very exciting.”
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