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Sutil: I'm not losing my seat in 2014

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Adrian Sutil has laughed off rumours Sauber is looking to offload him before the conclusion of the 2014 season.

There have been rumours circulating in the paddock over the past two weeks that Sauber is ready to replace Sutil with a better-funded driver to solve the team's financial woes. Giedo van der Garde has been in the car for FP1 at the last two races, increasing speculation he could replace Sutil this year.

When asked about the rumours, Sutil replied: "I think half of my career they have said 'Adrian is out' but I'm still here - 120th grand prix. Any more questions? I'll be here a lot longer. Sorry but you'll have to live with my face!

"[The business of F1] goes very quick but this is not the truth. You can always ask me and I will give you the right answer. This is from some person out there who is bored or whatever, I don't know their problems, but we are good as a team and trying to get out of this difficult situation. Hopefully you can all write some good things about us."

Sutil said he is not wary of van der Garde's presence at Sauber as reserve driver despite his superior financial backing.

"Since I have been in Formula One I've had this problem. At Spyker we had seven drivers at the team but only two cars, now we have five drivers and two cars. If I'm ill they can replace me! I know this is something accused - if you are not good financially then it's easy for teams to get drivers into seats and test seats who will give more money to the team, it's a good way to do it.

"But it's also hard for me to lose a Friday morning, it always slows you down and this is the downside, but at the moment I'm sure the team management is trying to balance all this out and make the right decision. As long as we are still doing OK with it and I don't have a problem it's fine, understandable."

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