Adrian Sutil has downplayed talk that he could be prepared to leave Force India by stating that it would be 'great' to sign a contract extension with the Silverstone-based squad.
In recent weeks, Sutil has been linked with Williams as speculation suggests that Nico Hulkenberg could earn himself a race seat alongside Paul di Resta at Force India for 2012.
However, having put criticism levelled against him earlier in the season to one side with a series of solid results in recent races, Sutil said he would be delighted to sign on with Force India for another season in 2012 having spent all of his F1 career to date with the team.
“In this sport there is always a lot of criticism and pressure and we all have to cope with it,” he told the official F1 website when asked about reports about his performances earlier in the year compared to rookie di Resta. “If you do well, you are the hero. If you don't, you're the zero. It is important not to read everything that is written in the press about you. I am self-confident and had absolutely no doubt that I would get through this difficult time. I'm glad I'm more confident in the car - and it shows.
“[F1] is a very fast and furious business. I'm happy at Force India and it would be great to re-sign with them. I'm very motivated for the rest of the season and I will do my very best.”
Sutil added that he was keen to maintain the team's solid form in recent races through the remainder of the season as it seeks to secure the best result possible in the constructors' championship, with a top six finish very much within reach.
“Good circuits - circuits that should benefit us - are coming up, so I'm sure we will have a strong finish,” he said. “Our goal at the beginning of the season was to clinch fifth in the constructors' championship. At the moment we are P7 but I think anything is possible over the next couple of races. We are catching up and we've seen lately that our immediate challengers are experiencing a bit of a drought.
“We had a realistic target at the beginning of the season and we are still fighting for it. To beat Sauber is important for us but also Renault are not too far away. It's not going be easy but it's possible!”