May 17, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT
Adrian Sutil has set his sights on scoring points for the first time in 2014 at next weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.
The German driver moved to Sauber at the end of last season, and has since failed to finish inside the top ten. The team has encountered a number of problems with the C33 car, including a weight problem for the first four races.
For the Spanish Grand Prix, a significant upgrade package was promised that would alleviate much of these problems and bring the team back to form. However, Sutil and teammate Esteban Gutierrez were anonymous once again, finishing down in 16th and 17th place.
Nevertheless, Sutil is confident that he can break this duck at Monaco, one of his favorite circuits.
“The Monaco Grand Prix is a very nice event every year,” he said. “I really like the track. For us, the most important aspect will be that our car works well and we can achieve a good performance.
“My objective is to travel back home with some points in my pocket. Looking back, I have good memories from the races in Monte Carlo as I collected some points almost every year.”
Indeed, Sutil has scored points on each of his last three visits to the Mediterranean principality, making it one of his most successful circuits.
“Last year it was an exciting race for me which I finished in fifth position,” he said. “It is always a special grand prix, and I am looking forward to it.”
The 2013 race saw Sutil produce some fine overtaking manoeuvres that ordinarily are not possible around the tight and twisting streets of Monte Carlo.
He also impressed at Monaco back in 2008 when Force India was a backmarker team. In wet conditions, he had battled his way up to fourth place, and looked set to claim a famous result until Kimi Raikkonen ran into the back of his car at the Nouvelle Chicane.
Adrian will be hoping that he can re-find some of this form to finally get Sauber on the scoreboard in 2014 next weekend.
Apr 20, 2015, 5:00 PM EDT(Edit)
The joys of return flights home from the West Coast for the IndyCar community..
Apr 20, 2015, 3:15 PM EDT(Edit)
Another tough day at office for Honda, Newgarden comes up short of top-five and other tidbits from Long Beach.
Apr 20, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT(Edit)
Sebastian Saavedra has a clean, quiet, consistent weekend and ended P10 on debut for Ganassi.
Apr 20, 2015, 12:49 PM EDT(Edit)
It was a bizarre weekend for Dale Coyne’s No. 18, which saw one driver replaced before the weekend began, one injured before getting the chance to debut, and one finally getting a long overdue shot.
Apr 20, 2015, 11:38 AM EDT(Edit)
Long Beach got off to a great start, courtesy of Patrick Stewart’s enthusiastic command to start engines.
Apr 20, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT(Edit)
It may have been a routine victory for Lewis Hamilton in Bahrain, but both Nico Rosberg and Kimi Raikkonen showed some of the fight that has been lacking in recent months.
Apr 20, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT(Edit)
Ferrari team principal believes two mistakes from the four-time world champion cost him a place on the podium in Bahrain.
Apr 20, 2015, 8:00 AM EDT(Edit)
A mistake by Sebastian Vettel allows Bottas to take fourth place on Sunday in Bahrain.
Apr 19, 2015, 9:53 PM EDT(Edit)
JPM, Helio laugh about the four nationalities represented at Team Penske.
Apr 19, 2015, 7:41 PM EDT(Edit)
Bobby Unser praises Scott Dixon, while Dixon himself downplays the accomplishment.
Apr 19, 2015, 6:18 PM EDT(Edit)
Scott Dixon finally wins in Long Beach.
Apr 19, 2015, 6:00 PM EDT(Edit)
The nine-time world champion extends his lead at the top of the riders’ championship in MotoGP.
Apr 19, 2015, 5:00 PM EDT(Edit)
Romain Grosjean manages to salvage some points for Lotus in Bahrain, finishing seventh.
Apr 19, 2015, 4:00 PM EDT(Edit)
Ed Jones survives streets of Long Beach to win Round 3 for Indy Lights.
Apr 19, 2015, 3:45 PM EDT(Edit)
Ricciardo finishes the race in a blaze of glory, but holds on to sixth place for Red Bull.
Apr 19, 2015, 3:30 PM EDT(Edit)
Watch the third round of the IndyCar season, from the streets of Long Beach, at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.
Apr 19, 2015, 2:30 PM EDT(Edit)
Watch the third round of the Indy Lights season today at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
- Hamilton may have won again, but it was Raikkonen and Rosberg who stood out in Bahrain 5
- Scott Dixon breaks through for elusive Long Beach win 2
- Hamilton pleased to fend off Ferrari in Bahrain despite last lap brake scare 1
- Hamilton puts on a show under the lights to win Bahrain GP 6
- Off The Grid: Melbourne premieres 1:30pm ET on NBCSN (VIDEO) 0
- Castroneves secures pole in IndyCar qualifying at Long Beach 1
- Hamilton eases to fourth straight pole position in Bahrain 0