Adrian Sutil had to wait a long duration for his time in the spotlight.
At times he was considered reckless with his clumsy errors and disastrous decisions. At other times he was deemed incredibly unlucky as others influenced his result. Kimi Raikkonen I am indeed referring to you!
Yet today Adrian showed improved maturity and a superb level of competence on the race track.
He impressed throughout on the way to his high fifth placed points finish. His Force India with him at the helm reached the dizzy heights seen once before in Monza last year.
What appeared most commendable was his staunch defense of his position in the latter stages, as he held off good friend Lewis Hamilton who was on the charge in the aggressive and powerful Mclaren.
This was not necessarily a consequence of the lack of overtaking opportunity as well. Hamilton had passed various competitors throughout. Adrian just seemd to be inpenetrable. He owned his place on the track and was going to give little room for Hamilton to excel against him.
Sutil in similar positions previously portrayed to us a lack of confidence in his inability to hold firm. A stupid mistake or racing incident on more occasions than not proved costly.
As a result of his stunning performance today however, he almost double his pre-race career points tally. Moving from twelve to twenty-two points was his reward.
Such a leap is of course due to the substantial points increases given to top ten finishers. It is arguably retribution though for a driver who has deserved more than the lack of accomplishments that he had built up until todays’ race.
Next up in his targets will surely be a podium. He may have to wait for a collection of ill fated events for the top four teams to achieve this.
Robert Kubica also provides a certain opposition to his ability to perform at a consistently able pace. The Renault at the hands of the resurgent Pole just seems to be afforded a greater optimum at this moment in time.
Until the required chances are gifted to Sutil he must work with his team, with his confidence, and with his own inner stability to make sure this happens.
He is a talented driver, who should be a future race winner. For now he is in a solid position. He is continuing to build himself an awesome reputation, and should further do so as the calender moves into Europe.