Su­til leaves Force In­dia and heads to Sauber for 2014

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GER­MAN Adrian Su­til will drive for Sauber next sea­son, the For­mula One team said yes­ter­day, re­plac­ing Nico Hulken­berg who moved in the op­po­site di­rec­tion to Force In­dia last week.

“I am very happy we found com­mon ground,” the 30-yearold Su­til was quoted as say­ing on the Sauber web­site, adding he had “known for a while” where he wanted to drive but ne­go­ti­a­tions took a bit longer than planned.

No de­tails of the agree­ment were re­vealed.

“Af­ter six good years driv­ing for Force In­dia, with a lot of high­lights, it’s now time to em­bark on a new chal­lenge.

“I am de­ter­mined to do my part in or­der to have a suc­cess­ful fu­ture to­gether with the Sauber F1 team,” he was quoted as say­ing

Sauber team prin­ci­pal Mon­isha Kal­tenborn said Su­til had been a long-term tar­get for the team.

“We are pleased that we were able to sign Adrian, par­tic­u­larly as we have been want­ing to work to­gether with him for a while,” she said.

“Adrian is not only very fast, but also brings a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence, which is very im­por­tant.”

The deal sees Su­til move teams for the first time in For­mula One, hav­ing pre­vi­ously only driven for Force In­dia un­der its pre­vi­ous guises of Spyker and Mid­land.

The best re­sult in his 109grand prix ca­reer is fourth place at the Ital­ian Grand Prix at Monza in 2009, when he also qual­i­fied on the front row.

Su­til fin­ished 13th in the driv­ers’ cham­pi­onship this sea­son with 29 points, which was not enough to see him re­tained by Force In­dia, who signed Mex­ico’s Ser­gio Perez as their sec­ond driver on Thurs­day.

Sauber has yet to an­nounce their sec­ond driver for the 2014 sea­son.

Force In­dia’s other driver in 2013, Bri­ton Paul di Resta, has yet to find a drive for next sea­son. – Reuters

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