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A profile of Force India Formula 1 driver Adrian Sutil

Adrian Sutil
Adrian Sutil is the son of musicians but he prefers the sound of Formula 1

Adrian Sutil 2011 Season Stats

Last updated: Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:31 UK
Race Date Start Finish Race Pts Total Pts
Australian GP 27 Mar 2011 16 9 2 2
Malaysian GP 10 Apr 2011 17 11 0 2
Chinese GP 17 Apr 2011 11 15 0 2
Turkish GP 8 May 2011 12 13 0 2
Spanish GP 22 May 2011 17 13 0 2
Monaco GP 29 May 2011 15 7 6 8
Canadian Grand Prix 12 Jun 2011 14 21 0 8
European GP 26 Jun 2011 10 9 2 10
British GP 10 Jul 2011 11 11 0 10
German GP 24 Jul 2011 8 6 8 18
Hungarian GP 31 Jul 2011 8 14 0 18
Belgian GP 28 Aug 2011 15 7 6 24
Italian GP 11 Sep 2011 12 19 0 24
Singapore GP 25 Sep 2011 9 8 4 28
Japanese GP 9 Oct 2011 11 11 0 28
Korean Grand Prix 16 Oct 2011 10 11 0 28
Indian Grand Prix 30 Oct 2011 8 9 2 30
Abu Dhabi GP 13 Nov 2011 9 8 4 34
Brazilian GP 27 Nov 2011 8 6 8 42

"Adrian Sutil has delivered some very creditable performances in 2011 especially in the second half of the season.

"Matched in qualifying by his rookie team-mate Paul di Resta, he nevertheless has outscored him, which he should have done given so much more experience.

"With Nico Hulkenberg after his seat he may well turn up at Williams in 2012. There is untapped potential if he can produce it."


Name three attributes an F1 driver must have.

Determination, commitment and focus.

What is the hardest thing about being an F1 driver?

Probably the constant travel and being at airports.

Formula 1 is not just about the car because…

... a good driver can make a bad car perform well.

If I was in charge of Formula 1 I would…

... make the cars more equal.

If I could drive in any era of Formula 1 it would be…

The Eighties - high power, not as much grip and awesome tracks.

Who is your best friend among the drivers?

Lewis Hamilton. We were team-mates in F3.

Which F1 driver tells the worst jokes?

Not sure about jokes - maybe Tonio (Liuzzi)? His clothes are sometimes pretty funny.

Describe yourself in a few words.

I am quite a passionate and crazy person.

Do you excel at any other sports?

Probably outdoor sports - cycling, running, cross-country skiing.

What car(s) other than an F1 car do you drive?

Audi RS4 at the moment and then I get loaned some pretty awesome cars from time to time like the Porsche Turbo Techart.

What is your favourite song and what does it remind you of?

Have a lot of favourites but none in particular. I love varieties of music.

What's the last book that you read?

Previous team: Spyker
Nationality: German
Born: 11/01/1983, Starnberg
Grand Prix debut: Australia 2007

That was a long time ago, can't remember. I'm more into movies.

What three words would you use to describe what it's like to be a Formula 1 driver?
It's very difficult to put it into three words. I can do three phrases: discipline, hard work but fun and satisfying.

What is the biggest perk of the job?
You're one of only 24 drivers to be able to drive F1 cars in races. The reaction to this from the outside world is very positive - everyone is happy to see you and you're treated well on the whole.

How would you like to be remembered as an F1 driver?
As somebody who takes a risk.

What is your most embarrassing sporting moment?
There was one in Formula BMW some time ago. I was racing another car and was really concentrating on slipstreaming him that I forgot to brake!

I flew over the top of him and when I say flew, I really mean it! There were a lot of problems after that.

The organisers threatened to take my licence away from me. It was just one risk too far that time.

Who is the worst dressed Formula 1 driver?
I have some ideas, but I don't think I can really say! I'm not a fashion designer so I don't think I can judge.

Ayrton Senna or Alain Prost?

Spa or Monaco?
A really difficult question as I love them both, but I'd have to say Spa. I like the way it flows through nature, there's a real flair to it.

Monaco is great, too, but when you're off the track there's so much going on. Spa is just pure racing.

If you weren't an F1 driver what would you be?
A stuntman. I love adrenalin and taking risks.

Who is the greatest sportsman of all time?
There are so many people you could say; Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods, Michael Schumacher, but I would have to go for Roger Federer.

He has been at the top of his game for so long and he really is the best. His head is so strong, it's unbelievable.

Even when he is losing, he can change the course of the match by being strong. It's a real talent to have.

What would be your perfect day off?
It depends. There are some times that you get to spend five weeks in five-star hotels that are great, but at the end of the time all you want to do is go home.

Yet when I'm at home, I really want to be away again!

If I had to choose a setting though it would be outdoors in a location where the scenery is beautiful, it's quiet and you really enjoy nature.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
I like Asia a lot. I've been to Bali every year for the past few years and I like Thailand too.

Apart from a house what is the most expensive thing that you own?
My road car - I drive an Audi RS4 at the moment.

What is your favourite item of clothing?
I change my wardrobe a lot but I like anything by DSquared.

What is your favourite music to drive to?
Plenty of house music, but right now I'm listening to the new Guns N' Roses album, Chinese Democracy. It's a great album.

Which famous person - dead or alive - would you like to have dinner with and why?
I'm a huge James Bond fan so it would have to be Sean Connery. He was the best Bond in my mind.

Tell us something about yourself that most F1 fans might not know
When I was younger we used to go sailing a lot. My father was really into boats and I spent a lot of time out on the water with him.

I also used to be a very good inline skater. I could do flips and lots of moves - I even had the right clothes. Very baggy trousers and big T-shirts. A bit like (Force India test driver) Tonio (Liuzzi) wears now.

Steve McQueen or Paul Newman?
They are both big racers and I like them both as they are fantastic actors, but Paul Newman just has it in the end. He had great success as a team owner.

Boxers or briefs?

Angelina Jolie or Keira Knightley?
(Adrian didn't know who Keira Knightley was - he was then shown a photograph)

I don't like Angelina Jolie, she is really not my type and Keira Knightley - I don't know her. Actually neither. Neither are my type!

James Bond or Austin Powers?
James Bond for sure. It's obvious.

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