Sutil stuns paddock with F1 comeback

First leading laps for Sutil, but then only seventh place at finish line

Mar.18 (GMM) Adrian Sutil stunned the F1 paddock on Sunday by looking so competitive on his return to the sport after a season away.

Written off by some after his 2011 assault conviction, the German is back with Force India this season and in Melbourne even led some laps -- a first in his career.

"Sutil's performance was more convincing than anything his fellow countryman Michael Schumacher produced in (the last) three years," Independent newspaper correspondent David Tremayne wrote.

Adrian Sutil, Sahara Force India VJM06 leads Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing RB9
Adrian Sutil, Sahara Force India VJM06 leads Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing RB9

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Sutil ultimately finished seventh in Melbourne as his tyre strategy played out, but the 30-year-old told Auto Motor und Sport: "It is surprising how well it went.

"When I saw P1 on the pit board, it was quite a feeling."

Deputy team boss Bob Fernley, however, insists he was not overly surprised.

"During the testing, if you had analysed it, you could see the promise," he is quoted as saying.

First to seventh might then sound disappointing, but Sutil could not stop smiling.

"Considering that three weeks ago I didn't even have a seat and was only able to test for three days in Barcelona, it could hardly have gone better," he said.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Sebastian Vettel , Adrian Sutil
Teams Red Bull Racing , Force India
Article type Breaking news
Tags force india, melbourne, sutil