This new attitude when the helmet was on helped Adrian build-up a reputation as a solid, reliable driver by the end of 2011. 10 retirements in 55 races (between 2009 and 2011) still was not brilliant though as that translates to 18.2% retirements - however the difference was that the majority of these were not the fault of Adrian.
After missing 2012, Adrian returned to the grid in 2013 - once again with Force India, or Sahara Force India as it now was. He would have been hoping to retain his status a safe pair of hands but it has been damaged somewhat - albeit through no fault of the driver.
The opening round of the season in Australia was great with Sutil leading for a large portion of the race before finishing P7, he pretty much extracted the maximum from the car.
Round two in Malaysia is where things all started to go wrong. The team decided to trial a new-wheel system which failed due to the hot temperatures of Kuala Lumpur. Both cars had to retire on a day when the podium was possible.
The poor luck would continue for Adrian during round three in China. He had a strong start to the race, up to P10 from P13, but then he got smashed into by Gutierrez who was way too late on the brakes - a second retirement of the season.
More contact at round four in Bahrain when Felipe Massa collided with Adrian on lap one, causing a puncture. Adrian fought back strongly to P13, but he could have done so much better without that incident. If you exclude the first two laps, Adrian was actually quicker than eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel.
This luck trend continued in round five - the opening race of the European season in Spain. A poor pit-stop caused by a cross-threaded wheel nut meant that Adrian's great start from 13th and 8th had been undone. Adrian ended up 13th after yet another strong comeback.
The next race is absolutely crucial for Adrian, he needs a race with no incident to get his season back on-track otherwise people will begin to doubt him. It's true that none of his issues this season have been his fault, but in the high-pressure environment of F1 - he will get blamed for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The advantage Adrian has got is that the next race is in Monaco, a track where Adrian has excelled in the past.
One of the frustrating things is that Adrian is driving superbly this season, his pace has been spectacular! We just need a race where others stay out of his way - fingers crossed!
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