Sutil: It doesn’t look too bad for 2012

By on Saturday, December 3, 2011

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The 2011 F1 season is already over but Adrian Sutil, who finished the championship in a praiseworthy 9th position, has not yet secured a drive for the 2012 season. Strong rumours in the paddock suggest the German driver will have to step aside and give up his Force India seat to Nico Hulkenberg.

Sutil has addressed his situation and his future plans in an interview with the official F1 website, formula1.com. He admitted his remarkable performance at the last three races of the season should help him when looking for a seat for next season.

“To be honest, I delivered great performances at my last 10 races, but obviously the last three are still more current to the onlooker. For sure, these results make things easier for me and my manager to sort out the future,” Sutil said.

Although the German driver had hoped to have his future sorted before December, he does not sound too worried as he feels that everything will be clear soon.

“It doesn’t look too bad for 2012 – let’s see what will happen”, he said. “We do have more than one option and we are trying to put the best package together for next year. Hopefully we will have a decision within the next two weeks”, Sutil added.

According to German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, Sutil is at the moment the first choice to become Pastor Maldonado’s teammate at Williams. His manager is currently involved in intensive negotiations with the Grove team. The German driver would bring about five million euros in a sponsor deal with Medion and would be looking for a one-year contract to give him the opportunity to move to a better team in 2013. Nevertheless, Manfred Zimmerman – Sutil’s manager – does not think the potential deal could fall apart because of such a request.

Some rumours also link Adrian Sutil to Lotus Renault GP, where he would partner 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen. Sutil confessed to formula1.com that he would like to become the Finn’s teammate.

“I always said I’m happy to have the best teammate I can get, as this is the only chance to show how good you are – and Kimi would be a great and very strong teammate...,” Sutil said.


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