Force India set to announce driver this week

Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India F1, Dr. Vijay Mallya (IND) Force India F1 Team Owner and Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1.Dec.10 (GMM) Force India is set to announce the identity of Paul di Resta’s 2013 teammate this week.

The Indian news service IANS said that although the official announcement has been delayed, the Vijay Mallya-led team is almost ready to make the call.

“The announcement should take place next week,” a ‘top source’ at the Silverstone based team was quoted as saying late last week.

“Adrian [Sutil] looks the best bet to partner di Resta as he has got the required experience in Formula One. At the same time, Mr Mallya also considered all other available options,” the unnamed source added.

It is believed that the others under consideration are Kamui Kobayashi, who has been raising funds through a fan website, and the sponsored Brazilian Bruno Senna.

The source also said that Force India’s Ferrari-linked 2012 reserve driver Jules Bianchi is not experienced enough to seriously compete with German Sutil for the seat.

As for Force India’s existing 2012 driver di Resta, the source commented: “He was always expected to carry on. He has delivered so far and it makes sense to retain him.”

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