Sutil manager denies new Toyota rumours

Fri, 28 December 2007, 01:32

Adrian Sutil’s manager has dismissed renewed speculation that the young German is in talks with Toyota about a racing role in 2008.

Although Jarno Trulli has a contract to stay with the Japanese team next year, there is still some uncertainty about Toyota’s intentions for the Italian veteran for 2008.

Newly crowned GP2 champion Timo Glock has been confirmed as a race driver for the new season, and renewed rumours now suggest that Sutil, who is 24, could join his countryman on the Melbourne grid next March after travelling to Cologne with his manager Manfred Zimmerman last Monday.

“That’s a lie,” Zimmermann told the Dutch magazine Formule 1 Race Report.

“In the past six months Adrian nor myself have visited the Toyota factory,” he insisted.

Zimmermann reiterated that it is “a hundred per cent certain” that Sutil will honour his contract to stay with Force India in 2008.

Beyond that, Sutil is keen to step up with a bigger team, Zimmermann admitted, revealing that he is “in conversation with several teams” about 2009, and not only Toyota.

Meanwhile, to the Spanish news agency EFE, rookie hopeful Roldan Rodriguez revealed that he is expecting Force India to finalise its 2008 driver lineup early in January.

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