Force India praises Sutil amid exit rreports

Vijay Mallya with Adrian Sutil

Vijay Mallya with Adrian Sutil

Dec.2 (GMM) If Adrian Sutil departs Force India, the team will be parting ways with a driver the team regards very highly.

It is rumoured strongly that, despite his experience and sponsorship by the Medion company, German Sutil will be replaced for 2012 by the team’s 2011 reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg.

But according to Force India’s official noises of late, Sutil is still highly regarded by the Silverstone based team.

Asked to summarise drivers Sutil and Paul di Resta’s contribution to helping the team to finish sixth in the constructors’ championship, deputy team boss Robert Fernley said: “I think they both did a fabulous job.

“I think Adrian’s pass of Nico Rosberg in Brazil was excellent, and it just showed how he’s matured through the year.”

And throughout the Interlagos weekend, the plaudits were also flowing, with 28-year-old Sutil’s qualifying described as “excellent”, and his race “brilliant”.

Should he be shown the door, his best chance of staying in formula one appears to be a switch to Williams.

“I am 100 per cent sure that I’m going to be in formula one next year,” the German newsmagazine Focus quoted Sutil as saying.

  • Tamburello_1994

    One has to wonder why It took the thread of unemployment to remind Sutil he drives an F1 race car for a living.

    Too little too late.

  • Dominic J

    Sutil and Barrichello have both shown they are worthy of a place on the grid. Massa and Trulli have not (of Tue experienced drivers). Shame F1 isn’t a meritocracy these days.

  • Sennauno

    Sutil will be in F1 next year no doubt. Force India would be stupid not to resign him…maybe its too late for Force India?

  • Dharmik

    @ Sennauno… I agree with you. May be Mr. Mallya has already made up his mind and the drivers know where they stand for next year. So may be that’s the reason why Sutil is looking out for a drive for next year with Williams or Renault. I really wish he is on the grid next year.