Dec.9 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Adrian Sutil has a firm eye on Williams as formula one’s driver lineup for 2012 takes more shape.
On Friday, one of the German’s potential options for next year – the vacant Lotus seat alongside Kimi Raikkonen – was filled by new GP2 champion Romain Grosjean.
Sutil is expected to lose his Force India seat to Nico Hulkenberg, so the team veteran is now hoping for a switch to Williams.
“Yes, certainly there has been talks with several teams for quite some time, but nothing is signed,” the 28-year-old was quoted as saying on Friday by Germany’s speed-magazin.de.
Sutil, with a few million euro in Medion sponsorship backing, finally confirmed his reported link with Williams, who are still contemplating replacing Rubens Barrichello.
“Williams is certainly one of the teams that have a seat. Unfortunately I can’t say anything about the discussions to date.
“But we hope that there is a decision by mid-December,” he said.
Specifically, December 15 has been the date officially earmarked by Force India boss Vijay Mallya, although it is believed Sutil has already been told that he is definitely on the market.
Recently, he has sounded frustrated that, despite struggling alongside rookie teammate Paul di Resta early in 2011, it has escaped the notice of many that he had a very good finish to the season.
“Yes, in the end I beat Paul in all areas, but it was hard work,” said Sutil. “He did a great job and challenged me throughout the year.
“Whether he is set (to stay at Force India) or not, I can not say — I don’t know about Paul’s contract,” he insisted.