Adrian Sutil would have been a stuntman

BY CHERYL TAY

He once said that he would rather remain single so he can focus on his racing career. However, things have since changed and Force India's Adrian Sutil is now "in good hands".

Adrian Sutil with Linkin Park (Photo courtesy of Sutton Images)

The 28-year-old German started in karting at the age of 14, before moving to the Swiss Formula Ford 1800 in 2002 and the Formula Masters Austria Championship. In 2003 he did the Formula BMW ADAC series before progressing to Formula 3 Euroseries in 2004 and 2005. He raced in A1 Grand Prix in 2005 and then did the 2006 All-Japan Formula Three Championship which he won.

His Formula 1 break came in 2006 when he was the third driver for the Midland F1 Racing team and promoted to second driver for 2007 after the team was bought over by Spyker Cars and renamed Spyker MF1. The team was then bought over and renamed to Force India, whom Sutil has driven for since 2008.

During the Singapore Grand Prix last week, Sutil made an appearance at German tuner TECHART's event held at autovox, amongst other sponsor commitments. Here are some questions that I asked him:

Q: Do you think we should have more night races?
A: I like to drive in the day time. One night race like this in Singapore is fine, with Abu Dhabi a half-day, half-night race. But I prefer to drive in the daytime where we are fresher. We want to perform as best as possible and it's a bit difficult to do that in a night race. We are not Superman, we do get tired.

Q: What do you do when you need to pee during a race?
A: There's no toilet in the car so I guess you just pee in the car. I've never done that but it can happen. Then again, every driver should go to the toilet before he races.

Q: If you could change something about F1, what would it be?
A: I hope the teams can be made more equal. The difference between cars is so big and it'll always be like that, but at least it is much better now that it was in the past. As a driver you always want to have a car that's able to win and that's only possible if you are in the right team. They are in the right direction to try and make teams more equal but maybe the process could be a bit quicker.

Q: Who do you think would make a good team-mate?
A: Mika Hakkinen? I always like to challenge the best drivers out there and I can mention a lot of drivers but I mentioned him because I was a fan of him when I was watching F1 and I admire him. At the moment I'd probably like to be team-mates with Alonso or Lewis — I want to challenge those guys, whether it's in a different car.

Q: You used to say you preferred to stay single so you can focus on racing. Does that still stand?
A: If it happens it happens. At the moment I am in good hands and I found a good girl. You can still focus and everyone has his own space.

Q: If you were not in F1, what would you be?
A: I would be a stuntman for movies in Hollywood. My second dream before racing was to be an actor. In F1 you are already an actor anyway; acting with all the press and not being able to say what you really want to sometimes. You always try to be perfect but no one's perfect so you want to hide your deficit and start acting in a way — it's in every business.

Q: What do you think of women drivers?
A: No problem — if they are fast enough, they deserve it. I wouldn't say females cannot drive; I know of some who can drive. Men are more into cars and they learn earlier maybe that's why they are better. Women are more into other stuff.

Q: Would you let a woman drive you around?
A: If it's my car, I don't want to be the passenger in my car. I normally just let a few friends drive in my car but they need to do a driving lesson with me first. I will take the passenger seat and then teach them how to drive and if they pass they can drive my car. But I wouldn't let anyone drive the super fast cars as that might be dangerous. (Ed: He wouldn't reveal what cars he owns!)

Q: What do you not like about F1?
A: The press work gets a little bit annoying. We just want to race and that's why I came into the sport. I just want to drive the cars to the limit and show everyone how good I am. But there's a commercial side to the sport and I understand. This is work to me, not pleasure, so I try to do it as best as possible.

Passionate about cars and motorsports, Cheryl Tay is a familiar face in prominent local, regional as well as international automotive titles. More of her at www.cheryl-tay.com.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Billionaire finds wreck of WWII ship in Phl
    Billionaire finds wreck of WWII ship in Phl

    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has found the Japanese Navy’s biggest warship at the bottom of the sea in the Philippines, 70 years after US forces sank it. Allen posted a photo on Twitter on Tuesday of the World War II battleship Musashi’s rusty bow, which bore the Japanese empire’s Chrysanthemum seal. The American billionaire, who has also pursued space exploration, said his luxury yacht and exploration ship, the M/Y Octopus, found the Musashi one kilometer (1.6 miles) deep on the …

  • 8 of 10 cities most at risk from natural disasters located in Phl – study
    8 of 10 cities most at risk from natural disasters located in Phl – study

    Eight of 10 world cities most exposed to natural hazards are in the Philippines and more than half of the 100 cities most exposed to earthquakes, storms and other disasters are in four Asian nations, according to a research. The study, published on Wednesday by risk analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft, analyzed the threat posed by storms, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, volcanoes and landslides in more than 1,300 cities. The study found that the 10 cities most at risk are Port Vila in …

  • Miriam bucks house arrest for Enrile
    Miriam bucks house arrest for Enrile

    Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago believes granting Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile house arrest, while former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo remains under hospital detention, will violate the equal protection clause of the Constitution. “That’s already a violation of the equal protection of the law,” she said. …

  • World's oldest person wonders about secret to longevity too
    World's oldest person wonders about secret to longevity too

    TOKYO (AP) — The world's oldest person says 117 years doesn't seem like such a long time. …

  • UNA hits PNP selection process
    UNA hits PNP selection process

    The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) hit yesterday the apparent machinations in the selection of the new Philippine National Police (PNP) chief. Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, UNA interim president, said the administration and the ruling Liberal Party (LP) are perpetuating the bata-bata or patronage system in the selection process of the police chief. “They will start this by maneuvering the appointment of Gen. Garbo as PNP chief,” said Tiangco, referring to one of the top contenders for PNP …

  • Pacquiao: Mayweather is the fight of my life
    Pacquiao: Mayweather is the fight of my life

    Manny Pacquiao called his boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather “the fight of my life” as he got down to work pounding the streets and gym in Los Angeles. On Monday, Pacquiao ran two miles (3.2 km) and shadow-boxed for two rounds, followed by abdominal work and breakfast of steamed rice, scrambled egg, fish and chicken broth. Then he napped until noon and had lunch before heading to trainer Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym, which is strictly off-limits to fans and media during Pacquiao’s …

  • Ohio mom, boyfriend guilty; child emailed teacher for help

    PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) — A woman and her boyfriend pleaded guilty to raping her young children and were sentenced to prison on Wednesday, a year after one of her daughters emailed a teacher for help and said she and her siblings were being chained to their beds, deprived of food and sexually assaulted. …

  • New Moro rebel group emerges
    New Moro rebel group emerges

    A radical Muslim cleric trained in the Middle East and considered one of the leaders of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) has broken away from the terror group to form his own band of jihadists who are now reportedly providing sanctuary to bomb expert Basit Usman and at least five foreign militants, the military said yesterday. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Col. Restituto Padilla, citing reports from the field, said the Justice for Islamic Movement (JIM) was …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options