Adrian Sutil's manager has dismissed speculation linking the Force India F1 star to Williams in 2012 as 'nonsense' – stressing that 'at this time, there is no action talking to other teams'.
The German – out-of-contract at his current employer at the end of this season – is one of a number of drivers to have been mentioned in connection with Williams in recent weeks, and is reported to have held discussions with the former multiple world champions. The Grove-based outfit is known to be struggling for finances – making Sutil's chief sponsor Medion an attractive sweetener to a deal. Manfred Zimmermann, however, has been quick to downplay such rumours.
“Our first choice for 2012 is Force India,” he told the Daily Mail
, describing the Williams link as mere 'nonsense'. “At this time, there is no action talking to other teams. There is no need to bring sponsors or money to a team for Adrian – last year and this year, he is fighting for a top ten result in the world championship. Medion make their decision after we have signed a contract. If there is a nice offer, they become a sponsor of the team; if not, they will not.”
Sutil presently sits twelfth in the F1 2011 drivers' standings, twelve points clear of rookie team-mate Paul di Resta and with a best finish of sixth place to his name from the opening 13 outings. Having initially come under pressure after being outpaced by the Scot, the 28-year-old has of late got back on terms.
He has asserted that his number one priority is to remain with the Silverstone-based squad for a fifth consecutive campaign [see separate story – click here
]. Sutil has raced for no other team during his top flight career, having started out with FIF1's predecessor Midland and subsequently Spyker.