It was another impressive performance by the young German who has impressed despite making his F1 debut in a car even Spyker’s own Ian Philipps describe as ‘the worst on the F1 grid’.
Driving a car at the back of the grid doesn’t give a driver much opportunity to impress. You’re always going to be measured against your team mate – and the fact that Spyker dismissed Christijan Albers half way through the year is in part a reflection on how well Sutil has done.
During their time as team mates Sutil out qualified Albers seven times out of nine. Sutil brought the car home the same number of time as Albers and gave the team their best finish so far – 13th in the Spanish Grand Prix.
He passed Barrichello early on in today’s race and held the Brazilian at bay until the flag. It was the first time a Spyker has finished in front of another car that was still running this year.
Sutil may have taken a pasting from Lewis Hamilton when the two were team mates in the F3 Euroseries in 2005 (Hamilton winning 15 times, Sutil twice), but Hamilton knows Sutil is good. And with a few more performances like this a lot more people will be talking about him too.
Photo: Peter J Fox / Crash Media Group