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Sutil 'desperate' for first podium

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Adrian Sutil admits he is "desperate" to get his first podium in Formula One in 2014.

Having spent six years with Force India - including one under the Spyker moniker - Sutil has failed to score a podium in 109 races so far. Following his move to Sauber for the 2014, Sutil admits it could be an unrealistic target to break his duck this year but that he is anxious to finally secure a top three finish.

"No one knows what is realistic, we don't know how the car is going to be, it is a very difficult question to answer right now," Sutil told Sky Sports. "For me every year the target and the big goal is to go better than the previous year and better than my overall best ranking in the championship which was ninth in 2011. It is what I want to improve so ninth or better is the clear target.

"If there is a podium available I will try to make it because I've never had one in Formula 1 and I am desperate to get it. So for me it is the target, I can't confirm if it is going to happen or not, it will all depend on the package of the car and how we get on. It is most important that everyone is focussed and committed and keen on the success for next year."

And Sutil is also wary of the early races being somewhat of a lottery under the new regulations.

"Of course, something like that should be expected - it is a new season with completely new cars and I think the first few races with all the fuel saving it is going to be a challenge. No one knows how much you can push, also as drivers we have to find the right way to push, but also save fuel at the right time to maximise the package. In the early races it is going to be very difficult, someone will miss out and for some there will be a big chance."

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