Adrian Sutil is happy his return to formula one this year has gone smoothly so far. After sitting out last season in the wake of his 2011 assault conviction, the 30-year-old returned to Force India ...
After sitting out last season in the wake of his 2011 assault conviction, the 30-year-old returned to Force India this year.
Some, like the great Michael Schumacher who returned to F1 after a three-year sabbatical, struggled on their grand prix comebacks.
"For me," Sutil told Spain's El Confidencial, "it took me a few laps of testing and then no one could have known it was my first day after a year and a half of not being in any (racing) car."
He admits he was "disappointed and angry" at the end of 2011, when it became clear he would be sitting out the following championship.
"The world of motor sport can be so unfair," said Sutil, "but then I asked myself what I wanted to do. I thought about it slowly and decided that, at the age of 30, I could have a second career in formula one."
Meanwhile, Sutil sounds reluctant to heal his broken friendship with Lewis Hamilton, after the 2008 world champion refused to testify during the German's assault trial.
"You can generally only count your good friends on one hand, as good friends are hard to come by," said Hamilton in Monaco recently.
"I want to make sure we get things right."
Sutil replied: "As Lewis said, yes, it (the relationship) is different. I'm still waiting for a coming together, and I can't say anything more."