Jun.23 (GMM) Yet another formula one team looks set to lock up its current driver lineup for the 2011 season.
Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull, Williams, Mercedes and others are expected to field identical drivers next year, setting the scene for a quiet ‘silly season’.
At Force India, Vitantonio Liuzzi has confirmed he is already under contract for 2011, and his teammate Adrian Sutil insists he is also happy.
“If the team continues to show such progress, I have absolutely no problem with staying for some more years,” the 27-year-old is quoted by the German magazine Sport Bild.
German Sutil has been with the same Silverstone based team all his F1 career so far, and “it would be a huge pleasure if I could win with Force India”, he continued.
“After all, with this team, we have built up together.”
His manager Manfred Zimmermann confirmed: “We are not bending over backwards to leave this team if there are no better opportunities.”
Former grand prix driver and pundit Hans-Joachim Stuck, however, thinks Sutil has earned a seat with a bigger team.
“After bringing constantly good performances, he is ready for a bigger challenge,” said Volkswagen’s competition boss.