Formula 1 - Sutil: No pressure to match Hulkenberg

Adrian Sutil insists that he feels no pressure to emulate predecessor Nico Hulkenberg's Sauber achievements as they swap places for the 2014 Formula 1 season.

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Adrian Sutil (Reuters)

Hulkenberg is returning to Force India this year after a single campaign with Sauber, while Sutil moves in the opposite direction.

After a quiet start, Hulkenberg was one of the sensations of late 2013, producing a string of spectacular underdog performances for Sauber.

Asked on the AUTOSPORT Stage with KX whether Hulkenberg's form was a source of pressure, Sutil said it was not on his mind.

"Sure, he did a good job," the German told the AUTOSPORT International audience, "but I don't see that as pressure.

"You always get pressure your whole life if you want to achieve anything. I want to have competition, I like it."

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Sutil said moving to Sauber had been good for him after spending his whole F1 career so far with what is now Force India.

He joined the team as a test driver when it was known as Midland in 2006, then raced for it from 2007-11 and again in '13, bridging its Spyker period into the Force India era.

"I think this new team is a very good challenge for me," said Sutil.

"It's a new step and I needed it after so long with the same team.

"There are a lot of benefits: it's close to my home in Switzerland, I can speak German there, and it's got one of the best windtunnels, so there's a lot of potential."

Force India has changed both its drivers for 2014, with Sergio Perez moving from McLaren to join Hulkenberg.

While Sutil was able to secure a Sauber seat, his erstwhile team-mate Paul di Resta looks unlikely to remain in F1.

"He's a strong driver and I enjoyed working with him so it's a shame he's not there but there's how quickly it can go," said Sutil.

"Nevertheless, he's still a young driver and there could be a chance for him in Formula 1 again if he can find his way."

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