Adrian Sutil now feels fully comfortable at Force India and is more prepared than before for success.
The 27-year-old German has been with the Silverstone based team since its days as Midland and Spyker, but he engaged in talks with rival teams prior to committing in 2010.
But Sutil told spox.com that he is “glad in hindsight that I extended the contract”.
“After four years, I have a great influence on the team. In the first year with Spyker it wasn’t working out but today I feel very comfortable.”
Mid last year, the team’s Mercedes-powered car was very competitive at certain circuits, with his then teammate Giancarlo Fisichella performing strongly before switching to Ferrari.
Sutil admits he wasn’t ready to lead the team with a quick car.
“I was thrown into the deep end with a good car and didn’t know how to deal with the opportunity to have podium finishes.
“I often felt too much pressure and wanted things too quickly and as a result I made silly mistakes.
“It is a learning process and I have learned,” Sutil confirmed, after out-qualifying his current teammate Vitantonio Liuzzi on every occasion so far in 2010.
“I feel that as a driver, I have matured,” he added.