With speculation doing the rounds during the Singapore Grand Prix weekend that Force India was set to dump Vitantonio Liuzzi in favour of its reserve driver Paul di Resta for the 2011 season, the team has since admitted that a race seat is available next season.
However, Liuzzi – who has been summarily outclassed by team-mate Adrian Sutil – has dismissed rumours suggesting that his head is on the chopping block.
The Italian wrote on his ESPNF1.com column that, should di Resta have in fact signed a race contract with Force India for the 2011 season, “that would mean that Adrian is out because I have a contract.
“In a few weeks more information will come out, but I’m not worried by the speculation in the press in the meantime,” the 29-year-old added.
What Liuzzi seems a little too ready to discount is that contracts can easily be broken at the right price, and the Italian’s team-mate Sutil is more highly regarded by the Silverstone-based outfit as a result of his performances, but he has continually been linked with possible moves to Renault or Mercedes GP (should Michael Schumacher retire) next season.
“We haven’t made any decisions yet on where we go [with respect to our driver line-up,” the team’s operating officer, Otmar Szafnauer, told AUTOSPORT.
“I think we have got the luxury of being able to assess the situation and make a decision. But there is a seat available,” he added.
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