Once regarded as a future Championship competitor, Adrian Sutil seems to have drifted away from the radar of the top teams at this very point of time. It has to be said that the 'Bar Incident' shook his reputation quite badly. Also it has to be wondered, if Adrian should have taken the cue from Lewis Hamilton’s textbook (We are talking about his move to Mercedes). Adrian’s progress seems to have stalled at Force India. Adrian has never ventured into others territory as of this moment, and we are not sure if it would have been worth a try for Adrian, if he had made a move to some other team for the sake of it.
Going by his comments on various circuits, he seems to be sharing the public sentiments on the current venues of Formula 1. Many fans feel that the current lot of circuits mainly due to the 'Tilke-Drome' has killed the classic tracks that was more challenging to the drivers. Adrian Sutil has shared his thoughts on the various circuits of the modern Formula 1 calendar and has revealed his favourite circuits.
“It’s not my top favourite, but it’s a great place to drive a Formula One car. It’s fast and flowing, I enjoy the high-speed sections and also the newer start of the lap, which definitely makes it easier to overtake compared to the old layout.” - Silverstone
So which circuit does Adrian really like to keep on racing?
“Suzuka is a great circuit, one that suits me very well. I like it and it’s certainly one of my favourites. It’s a pure driver’s circuit. Some of the corners are outstanding, such as the ‘S’ curves and 130R, which is easily flat. It’s unusual to have so many amazing corners all in the same lap and getting them all right is the best feeling.”
What about the classic circuits like Spa or Monza?
“I think Spa is the favourite for most drivers. It’s a real pleasure to drive there and I’ve had some good results. The high-speed corners are a really nice challenge and there are lots of overtaking opportunities. Plus, there is always the unknown of the weather and a good chance of rain” - Spa Francorchamps
And if you wonder why Adrian picks Monaco and Montreal as his top favourite. He points out the challenging conditions of these circuits, as that brings out the best from the driver.
“Monaco is a special place for sure. I’ve always liked street races and Monaco is the best street circuit of them all. There’s no room for even the smallest mistake and that’s why it’s different to other tracks. You have to give the walls so much respect and build up your speed. More than anything it’s a test of your mental strength because you keep your concentration for nearly two hours during the race.”
We can make out that Adrian’s favourites are the street circuits, an interesting choice for an Formula 1 competitor, but does it apply to all the street circuits?
“I think we all enjoy visiting Valencia. The city is beautiful and the weather is great, but to be honest the track is not one of my favourites.”
There is nothing so pleasing to a driver if the crowd is really behind them, the more they hear the crowd, it would be more energising for them.
So which circuit does he thinks is the loudest in the current calendar?
“Interlagos is always a really special race. The crowd is very loud and they create an amazing atmosphere. Even when you are driving the car you can hear the crowd cheering.”
But then he surprises one and all with the following quote.
“With a good car I like almost every circuit”