It seems that both Timo Glock and Adrian Sutil could find themselves in direct competition for the supposedly vacant seat further up the grid at Renault, with Sutil making some particularly negative remarks about the prospects of his current employer, Force India.
Sutil’s comments stem from a lengthy exclusive interview he conducted with AUTOSPORT magazine, out on news stands this week.
The 27-year-old German has been with the Silverstone-based outfit since he made his debut in Formula 1 in 2006 as a test driver with the then-named Midland operation.
Promoted to race duties when the team was bought out and renamed by the Spyker concern – a period he described as a “big mess” in the interview – and struggled at the tail end of the field until Vijay Mallya bought out the team and renamed it Force India.
With the team having reached the dizzy heights of a pole position and a podium finish, its fortunes in 2010 haven’t quite reached expectations, and nor has the team been able to sustain its early-season form that saw it threatening the top-three outfits in the opening races.
However, Sutil still believes the “has a future,” he said.
“When Vijay Mallya took over the team, I suddenly had a much better feel. Since then I am absolutely happy here and I believe in the team,” he added.
While certainly not having anywhere near the budget of the top-flight teams, its cause hasn’t been helped by the mass departures of key technical staff, many of whom have jumped ship
for better pay to Lotus.
“I would not say that we can become a winning team,” he warned.
“People should be a bit careful, because in my opinion it is not possible to keep up with the top teams. Top five, top six, that’s where we find ourselves, in the midfield. We will try to rise up, but that could be difficult.
“I honestly do not see that we will fight in the coming years for the world titles. That is unrealistic,” he added.
An opinion no doubt not shared by Dr Mallya, Adrian!
[Original images via AUTOSPORT]