It looks like regular tester Paul di Resta and the hopeful Karun Chandhok might be waiting for a Force India driver vacancy for just that little bit longer, with Adrian Sutil all but confirming that he will look to remain with the team with whom he has driven in its various iterations since 2006.
With team-mate Vitantonio Liuzzi already under contract for next year and the frontline teams like McLaren, Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes GP and Williams seemingly set to retain their established driver line-ups, Sutil’s choices are pretty limited if he wants to head further up the grid: opt with a possible vacancy at Renault, or stick with Force India.
“If the team continues to show such progress, I have absolutely no problem with staying for some more years,” he told Sport Bild.
Sutil’s manager Hans Zimmermann added: “"We are not bending over backwards to leave this team if there are no better opportunities.”
In contrast, former Grand Prix driver and German compatriot Hans-Joachim Stuck believes Sutil has more than paid his dues and deserves a better race seat.
“After bringing constantly good performances, he is ready for a bigger challenge,” Stuck said.
[Original image via F1 Insight]