Adrian Sutil reached a landmark 100 grand prix starts in the last round at the Hungaroring.
He is the 65th driver in F1 history to reach a century of starts and, unusually, has made them all with the same team – although it did change names at the end of his first season.
Sutil made his F1 debut in 2007 with Spyker, who had taken over the the entry of Midland which was previously Jordan. But the Dutch car manufacturer scrapped its F1 programme after one season, selling it to Vijay Mallya who rebraded it as Force India.
Sutil scored Spyker’s only point in the rain-hit Japanese Grand Prix in 2007, but the following year Force India failed to score at all. But Sutil came close: he was running fourth in Monaco when, just nine laps from the flag, Kimi Raikkonen missed his braking point for the chicane and ploughed into Sutil’s car, ending his race.
The VJM02 Sutil campaigned in 2009 was a more competitive machine, particularly on high-speed tracks. He qualified on the front row at Monza and finished fourth – still his best qualifying and race results to date.
He became a more regular visitor to the points in 2010 and 2011. Sutil ended the latter year on a high with a strong drive to sixth in Brazil. But events earlier in the season had put his F1 career in jeopardy.
Sutil had been involved in an altercation in a nightclub in Shanghai following the Chinese Grand Prix. He was later charge with wounding Eric Lux – head of Lotus team owners Genii – and was handed a suspended jail sentence in January 2012.
Force India had already announced Sutil’s place had been taken by Nico Hulkenberg for 2012. But Hulkenberg moved on to Sauber in 2013 and although Jules Bianchi initially looked like a shoo-in for the vacancy at Force India, Sutil was rehired after the pair tested for the team in February.
Sutil impressed on his return by leading a race for the first time in Australia and finishing seventh. Although he suffered some bad luck in subsequent races he has had three more points finishes this year including fifth in Monaco.
Here’s a look at Sutil’s F1 career so far in pictures.
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Images © Spyker, Force India, Jamey Price, Singapore GP/Sutton