Sutil expecting a better second half to 2014
Adrian Sutil says he expects a better second half to the 2014 Formula 1 season, after a difficult first 10 races at Sauber.
He has failed to score a point so far this year, registering a best finish of 11th place at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
After a tough start, he believes things will improve in the second half of the season. “It would be nice to have some more success and better results, but the situation is like that. Formula 1 goes up and down sometimes and you have to get up again,” he said in the Hungaroring paddock.
“It was quite encouraging to have the last race in Hockenheim, we were much closer and could finally fight against better teams. If you look at it optimistically, there was a little chance of a point.
“Of course a few cars didn’t finish but we were just able to race, we raced with Raikkonen, Ferrari, Toro Rosso and Force India. It was much better and the whole weekend, we were much closer to the top 10. I expect a better final half of the season.”
He believes the Hungaroring circuit should suit the Sauber C33 better and thinks the team has benefitted from the recent banning of the FRIC suspension system.
“Hockenheim is not a circuit that is not particularly good for us,” he explained. “I think this one is a little bit better, so I think it can be the case that we are just closer and also the regulation and changes that quite a few teams have made in Hockenheim favoured us. They lost more in comparison to what we lost.”
He also rubbished rumours that his seat at Sauber is under threat: “Yeah, I think half of my career they said Adrian is out. I am still here, 120th Grand Prix. I will be here for much longer. This is not the truth.
“We are good here and the team is holding together in this time, there is no problem. We will try to get out of this difficult situation.”
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Jack Leslie is a freelance motorsport journalist. He has been part of the Richland F1 team since the very start and made his debut in the F1 paddock for the website at the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix. Jack also writes for Car Throttle and RumbleStripNews, as well as running a popular blog.