Force India F1 team boss Vijay Mallya has confirmed that he will no longer wait until December to make an announcement on his 2012 driver line-up, following pressure from within the current pairing.
Speaking to the BBC
, the Indian entrepreneur revealed that team stalwart Adrian Sutil had requested an earlier decision so that if, as widely expected, he is the odd man out as three drivers vie for two seats, he has an opportunity to land a deal elsewhere.
The German, who has been a part of the Silverstone-based squad since its days as Midland, is tipped to lose out to current reserve Nico Hulkenberg when Mallya finally makes his mind up over the 2012 line-up, unless Paul di Resta moves on to bigger and better things. Although the Scot is thought to be a possible successor to Michael Schumacher at Mercedes GP, the move is not expected for at least another year, leaving Sutil as the man whose seat is most in jeopardy.
Despite leading rookie di Resta in the point standings, it is unclear where Sutil may wind up next year, although he has been linked to Williams should the team's play to land former world champion Kimi Raikkonen fail to come off..
Mallya has said that a decision on Force India's 2012 line-up can now be expected in the 'next couple of weeks', with paddock insiders expecting to hear developments shortly after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.