Sutil: We had every problem you can have, understeer, oversteer, the car was a carrot

Adrian Sutil sits on the 'carrot' during a Force India team photo in Austin

Adrian Sutil sits on the ‘carrot’ during a Force India team photo in Austin

In a clear sign he is leaving the Silverstone based team, Adrian Sutil has described this year’s orange Force India car as a carrot.

It is believed that, with Force India expected to shortly announce Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez as its all-new drivers for 2014, German Sutil is headed to Sauber.

In an interview with Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, Sutil sounded critical of Force India’s 2013 season, but not his own performance.

“I think I did a good job,” he said. “Maybe a slight error here and there, but overall [I was] fine.”

“As far as the results, we threw away many good results by bad luck, because of other drivers, or botched pitstops. This is something I’ve never experienced.

Adrian Sutil crashed out of the US GP

Adrian Sutil crashed out of the US GP

“So much slipped through our fingers. The car was really strong in the beginning, but this is a common problem with small teams – when they suddenly have a chance, you have to be able to cope with it,” he added.

Indeed, Force India had a strong start to 2013, but it was believed that Pirelli’s mid-season construction change particularly hurt the team’s performance.

Actually, Sutil says, “The car was not particularly good.

“We had every problem you can have – oversteer, understeer, in slow corners, fast corners. There was not much you could do about it as a driver.

“Ultimately, the car was a carrot. Simply nothing worked,” said the 30-year-old, apparently comparing the orange and green-liveried car with the orange and green vegetable. (GMM)

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  • Abhinav

    Shame on u Adrian…….Team gave u a chance to return back to mainstream racing and u r calling it a carrot. Doesnt counting ur own miatakes which let di resta kick ur ass with the same car. Dont blame car which has comprehensively beaten Sauber, Torro rosso which are its actual competitors

    Hope u dont smash a bottle on ur head urself if u r left without a drive in 2014.

  • McLarenfan

    Paul Di Resta out drove you out scored you so you blame the car, seems to me that you are suffering from sour grape syndrome.

  • Darren

    Well thats makes Di Resta’s performance more impressive. I hope he keeps his seat over Perez.

  • Texas Roadhouse

    Saure Trauben

  • gracias

    shame on you… teams should choose di resta over you.

  • StevetheGreat

    Sutil is the biggest waste of space since Alex Yoong.

  • stoner

    “this is a common problem with small teams”
    talking like an ex-Ferrari world champion. Lol
    what a looser

  • practical

    @ stoner I was going to comment the same , like he has been in big teams before , now I do understand why Lewis ( and it’s hard for me to understand Hamilton ) do not want to talk to him anymore !