As his future remains shrouded in uncertainty – with his name repeatedly linked with three different teams for 2011 – Force India F1 star Adrian Sutil has endeavoured to pour cold water on the speculation placing him in Michael Schumacher's stead at Mercedes Grand Prix next season, conceding that whilst 'it would be great' to drive for the Stuttgart manufacturer one day, that day has not arrived just yet.
Despite Force India's evident desire to keep hold of its highest scorer – with Sutil having tallied 47 points to under-pressure team-mate Vitantonio Liuzzi's 21 thus far this campaign – the German has been in no rush to put pen to paper to sign a new deal with the Silverstone-based squad.
The general consensus is that he is holding out for either the much-coveted second seat at Renault alongside Robert Kubica, or else multiple F1 World Champion Schumacher's Mercedes cockpit in the event that his legendary countryman elects to call time on his disappointing comeback by curtailing his three-year agreement at season's end.
Although a future with the three-pointed star is something palpably of interest to Sutil, the 27-year-old is adamant that there will not be any room at the inn next year at Brackley – adding that the situation regarding his movements is 'difficult'.
“Michael is going to stay there for another year at least, and I think he has a three-year contract, so that is how it is,” he told British newspaper the Daily Mail
. “Of course it would be great to drive for Mercedes in the future, but I think now is just too early, and they are just rumours. I just want to make sure to do the right thing, but I can't say where I am going to be [in 2011]. I was planning to make a decision four weeks ago, but it is difficult.
“People expect him (Schumacher) to be there where he ended three years ago, but that's not how F1 is. It has changed, and it is never easy to come back after three years. [The Mercedes] is not a winning car at the moment. You can make a reference to his team-mate (Nico Rosberg) – he's close and is getting better, so I suppose you could say it's probably not been a bad comeback.”