Adrian Sutil is the son of professional musicians, making it no surprise that as well as a talented driver, he is also an accomplished pianist. He started his driving career in karting as a teenager, before moving into Swiss Formula Ford in 2002, where he achieved pole position and victory in all ten rounds of the championship, which saw a promotion into the Formula BMW series for a year, before moving to the Formula 3 Euroseries in 2004. In 2005, his teammate was Lewis Hamilton, although Adrian missed the last two races of the season as he had joined the A1 Grand Prix series racing for Germany.
Adrian moved to the All-Japan Formula Three series in Japan, including a third place in the high profile Macau Formula Three Grand Prix. He was also a test driver for the Midland Formula One team in 2006, which was the new branding for the former Jordan team. In 2007, Adrian progressed to a race seat with the Spyker team, which was another re-branding of the same Jordan / Midland team, during which Adrian scored a single world championship point.
In 2008, Adrian was driving for Force India, which was the fourth name for the same team in four years, as the former Jordan / Midland / Spyker team rebranded yet again. There had been talk of Adrian moving to another team that year, however, he remained at Force India, where he remained through until the end of the 2011 season. However, in 2011, Adrian was in the news not just for his driving skills. He had been involved in an incident in a nightclub in Shanghai where Eric Lux, CEO of Lotus parent Genii capital, was injured. Charges were brought, and Adrian was convicted and sentenced to an 18 month suspended prison term, and a fine of €200 000. He was left without a race seat for 2012.
There was much debate as to who would fill the Force India seat alongside Paul Di Resta for the 2013 season, and as testing got closer, there was still no confirmation as to who would be the second driver. Finally, on the 28th February, the team announced that Adrian Sutil would return to the team. The Force India was more competitive in 2013 than it has for a few years, and a fifth place for Adrian at Monaco was his best finish of the year, with reliability becoming an issue later in the season.
2014 saw a move to Sauber to partrner Esteban Gutierrez, but a new line up in 2015 for the team again sees Adrian apparently out of Formula One.
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Here are some pictures of Adrian at various events over the years, I hope that you like them.
Adrian Sutil at the 2014 German Grand Prix
Adrian Sutil at the 2014 British Grand Prix
Sutil at the 2013 British Grand Prix
Sutil at the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix
Winter Testing 2013
2011 British Grand Prix