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Sutil admits to Williams talks

ESPNF1 Staff
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The Force India line-up for 2012 has yet to be announced © Sutton Images

Adrian Sutil has admitted that he has held talks with Williams as he looks to secure his future on the grid for next year.

Despite no official announcement from Force India, it is widely believed that the team will choose Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta as the drivers for 2012, leaving Sutil without a seat. After Romain Grosjean was confirmed at Renault (to become Lotus) for next season, Sutil's only option appears to be Williams, and he admitted that it was one of a number of teams that he had spoken to.

"Yes, certainly there has been talks with several teams for quite some time, but nothing is signed," Sutil is quoted by Speed-Magazin. "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."

Sutil also praised the job done by di Resta in his rookie season, but stopped short of confirming that his team-mate would retain his drive.

"Yes, in the end I beat Paul in all areas, but it was hard work. He did a great job and challenged me throughout the year. Whether he is set (to stay at Force India) or not, I cannot say -- I don't know about Paul's contract."