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Ferrari eyes ex-Force India Sutil

2011-12-19 09:25

Adrian Sutil, as he leaves the Force India F1 team, he is being linked with Williams and Ferrari.

Germany's Auto Motor und Sport magazine claimed that, while his exit from the UK-based team after five years only became official on Friday (Dec 16), the 28-year-old has been making plans for 2012 since Abu Dhabi.

FERRARI, TOO?

"Williams is interested," the magazine claimed, "and not only because of his Medion sponsor money. In the second half of the season Sutil did a lot of good to his reputation."

Auto Motor und Sport claims Ferrari is also interested, even though the team's president Luca di Montezemolo has yet again insisted that Felipe Massa's contract for next year will be observed.

"Felipe knows next year is very important for him," he said.

The German report said: "Sutil would be an interesting option for Ferrari in 2013.  That's why he only wants to sign for one year with Williams."

IGNORED BY BERNIE

Sutil's manager Manfred Zimmermann was quoted by Sport Bild as saying: "Adrian's future is not fixed and we will not be making any short-term panic decisions."

F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, meanwhile, neglected to mention Sutil when he hailed the German presence on next year's grid.

"For Germany, we need Sebastian, Michael and the two Nicos," he told the tabloid Kolner Express.

GMM