Adrian Sutil: A Promising Talent Unleashed at Last

Ashley RedmanContributor IMay 26, 2008

For those who were unaware of Sutil's talent before yesterday's Monaco GP, now you know what the guy has in store.

Understandably, many of you may not have seen how much of a potential star Germany's Adrian Sutil is. Most of last year, the TV crew only picked up Adrian when a front-running car was lapping him or when he was crashing the Spyker (to which in the case of China, he actually hit a camera to be noticed he was crashing).

But there are so many points from last year which went unnoticed that showed just how strong Sutil actually was.

First off, Monaco 2007. In the wet, Sutil topped the Saturday practice session in a car considered the worst of the 2007 field (and, to an extent, it was). Then there's the controlled performance to eighth place in the Japanese GP as well.

On this basis, it's only natural to presume that Sutil was going to shine yesterday. But before you mention "they're all wet races,” let's also note this: in 2007, he only qualified behind his teammate in two of the 17 races. That's seven times he out qualified Christijan Albers, who had already spent two years in Formula 1, one time against Marcus Winkelhock (the fill-in between Albers and Yamamoto), and seven times against Yamamoto (and thus Sakon never outqualified him).

Then, look at his race results: Whilst not the best that year, he came out on top seven times ahead of his teammates (excluding the four races which neither car was classified), he successfully finished ahead of Barrichello in the Hungarian GP with the Brazilian coming dead last at a circuit where in the previous year, they were the best team, scoring 15 points and a victory with Button, as well as beating both Super Aguri's in Belgium (which was a better car) and of course, Japan, taking the scalps of both Honda's and Nick Heidfeld (the BMW driver and Button both failed to finish, but had done enough to classify as finished) among others.

2008 hasn't got off to the best of starts for the young German, but it is a lot more difficult to be against a vastly experienced teammate like Giancarlo Fisichella.

However, Monaco will hopefully be the beginning of a more consistent string of strong performances for Sutil.

Either way, this will be a moment the big guys will have noted down for Adrian.  So, in due time, he may be soon moving up in the world of F1.

He just needs to get rid of those silly old mistakes first, and then he'll be fine.