Sauber have confirmed that Adrian Sutil will join them for 2014. Sutil, who has spent all of his Formula One career so far with Force India (previously Midland and Spyker), will enter his seventh season in the sport with the Swiss team.
“I am very happy that we found common ground,” Sutil said. “Although I have known for a while where I wanted to go, in the end the negotiations took a bit longer than planned. However, now I will have all the more reason to celebrate during the Christmas season.”
Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn said that the team were pleased to sign Sutil as they have been wanting to work with him for ‘a while’. “Adrian has already visited the factory at the end of September to have a look at the infrastructure,” she revealed. “He is not only very fast, but also brings a lot of experience, which is very important looking at the new regulations for next year.”
“We welcome Adrian to the Sauber F1 Team,” she continued. “And are looking forward to a successful collaboration”.
“I’ve been in contact with Monisha for a while,” Sutil said. “She always gave me the feeling my qualities are valued. After six good years driving for Force India, with a lot of highlights, it is now time to embark on a new challenge. I am determined to do my part in order to have a successful future together with the Sauber F1 Team. The long and successful tradition in motorsport, combined with an impressive factory and one of the best wind tunnels in F1, have been fascinating me for a long time. Thank you to Peter Sauber and Monisha Kaltenborn for your trust in me.”
Sutil’s team-mate will be announced at a late date.