Adrian Sutil has reportedly agreed to an extension of his contract with Force India for the 2011 season, but no contract has yet been signed, according to his manager.
The 27-year-old has been linked with moves to other teams for the 2011 season – rumoured to be Mercedes GP, Renault and Williams – while his job-seeking compatriots Nick Heidfeld and Nico Hülkenberg (who is now rumoured to join Mercedes GP as its reserve driver) are simultaneously eyeing off Sutil’s seat at the Vijay Mallya-owned outfit should he jump ship.
Sutil was behind the wheel during the team’s Pirelli test last week, and his manager Manfred Zimmerman has stated that a “fundamental agreement” for the 2011 season has been agreed upon.
“Once a contract is signed, we will announce it,” he told Auto Motor und Sport. “This should happen within the next two to three weeks.”
Sutil has been a stalwart with the outfit since its Spyker days, but of late has been more outspoken over the outfit’s decline in form and recently clashed with his team-mate, Vitantonio Liuzzi, over being held up in qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix.
One imagines a less critical attitude might be negotiated as part of the agreed terms with Adrian…