Sutil’s manager plays down Force India talks
31 October, 2012
With Nico Hulkenberg looking likely to switch to Sauber next year, Force India supremo Vijay Mallya admitted last weekend that long-time team driver Sutil is a candidate to replace the younger German.
Sutil, who has been on the sidelines this year following his assault conviction of 2011, is quoted by Switzerland’s 20min.ch as admitting that there “definitely are opportunities” for a return to F1 in 2013.
But his Zimmermann is for now playing down the Force India link.
“There are no concrete negotiations with Force India,” he told the German news agency DPA by telephone.
Zimmermann said Sutil, 29, has several options for 2013.
“I think we have legitimate hopes,” he said. “We hope [that] the puzzle is over in the next 14 days.”
Indeed, another contender for Hulkenberg’s Force India seat must be the team’s reserve driver Jules Bianchi, who is backed by Ferrari and managed by Felipe Massa’s manager, Nicolas Todt, son of FI head honcho Jean Todt.
“If a place becomes available,” the French rookie told RMC Sport, “there will be plenty of contenders.
“The main objective is Force India,” admitted Bianchi.
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