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Adrian Sutil relishes fresh start at Sauber

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Adrian Sutil today spoke to Sky Sports of his excitement for the season ahead. The German will partner Esteban Gutierrez in the Ferrari powered Sauber next year and cannot wait to get started.

"I am happy to be in a new team, a new environment, new energy and for me a new challenge of course."  This is the first time in his Formula One career that Sutil has driven for a team other than Force India.

He previously drove for the team when they were entered as Spyker Ferrari he also stuck with the team when they were bought at the end of 2007 and rebranded as Force India. Sutil drove for the team up until last year but he did take a year out in 2012.

Things are looking positive for Sutil, who is even finding the location of the teams factory convenient.

He told Sky Sports F1: "It is very close to my home where I live - I like to be in Switzerland anyway - and it means I can get to the factory by car which will probably be of benefit during the season as I can avoid a bit of travelling. We have good goals, the team is a stable, historical team and I enjoy working with them."

Nico Hulkenberg made the same move on the back end of 2012 as he joined Sauber for 2013 only to resign with Force India for 2014.

Sutil is targeting the podium, he is in the right place at Sauber to the surprise of everyone in 2012 managed to make it into the top three on four occasions and looked highly competitive in the hands of Hulkenberg on the back end of last season after a difficult start to the year. 

Fans were asking questions of the move considering Sutil was beaten by Di Resta last season comfortably yet Di Resta is without a drive whilst Sutil gets the gig at Sauber.

However, Sutil is worthy of a chance. He put in a number of start performances last season and even lead the Australian Grand Prix.

He looked set for a haul of points however the team decided to pit the German for option tyres in the last stint too early causing Sutil to fall back down the order in the later stages of the race.

For Adrian Sutil his target this season is seeing himself on the podium.

He finished: "If there is a podium available I will try to make it because I've never had one in Formula 1 and I am desperate to get it. So for me it is the target."

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