Date: 16th December 2013 at 9:15am
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As many had expected Adrian Sutil has completed his switch from Force India to Sauber.

The deal affectively completes the driver swap which has previously seen Nico Hulkenberg switch back from Sauber to Force India for next season.

Sutil and 2013 team-mate Paul Di Resta both found themselves without a seat at Force India following the decision to sign Sergio Perez alongside Hulkenberg, changing both drivers for next season.

But despite Di Resta out qualifying and out pointing Sutil throughout 2013, it’s Sutil who has found himself a race seat for 2014 with Di Resta appearing to be out of options in Formula One and contemplating a move to either American Indy Car racing or a return to German touring car racing DTM.

‘I am very happy that we found common ground. Although I have known for a while where I wanted to go, in the end the negotiations took a bit longer than planned. However, now I will have all the more reason to celebrate during the Christmas season. I’ve been in contact with Monisha for a while and she always gave me the feeling my qualities are valued,’ said Sutil to Sky Sports.

The German’s switch ends a long association with Force India, which has ran through the teams former guises of Midland F1 and Spyker through to Force India in 2008.

Sutil has raced 109 Grand Prix since his debut in 2007, however he did take a year out in 2012 after ironically losing his seat to Nico Hulkenberg.

‘After six good years driving for Force India, with a lot of highlights, it’s now time to embark on a new challenge. I am determined to do my part in order to have a successful future together with the Sauber F1 Team. The long and successful tradition in motorsport, combined with an impressive factory and one of the best wind tunnels in F1, have been fascinating me for a long time.

‘Thank you to Peter Sauber and Monisha Kaltenborn for your trust in me.’

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