Adrian Sutil has dismissed speculation he could be on his way out of Sauber before the year is out as the team looks to turn around its difficult 2014 F1 season.
Sutil joined Sauber from Force India over the winter after the Swiss outfit finished seventh in the 2013 constructors' standings, but both he and team-mate Esteban Gutierrez have struggled to mount a competitive challenge in the Ferrari-powered C33.
One of two teams yet to score a point in 2014, along with Caterham, rumours in the German GP paddock raised the suggestion that Sutil could be eased out of the team in an effort to spark a revival of fortunes.
However, ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Sutil has categorically denied he could be about to exit the team, claiming he is committed to helping Sauber improve its flagging fortunes.
“This is not the truth ,” he said. “Half of my career they say Adrian is out but I have competed in 120 grands prix, so sorry you have to live with my face!
“I'll give you a right answer but it [the rumour] is from some person out there, but we are good here and the team is holding together and we will try to get out of this difficult situation.”
Reflecting on the pressure of bringing money to a privately-funded team in order to retain his drive, Sutil says it is a necessary evil that he is used to.
“Since I have been in F1, we have always had this situation. At Spyker we had seven drivers but only two cars. If you are not good financially of course it is easy to get drivers into a seat who give more money to the team, but it is hard to lose a Friday morning because it slows you down. At the moment the management is trying to balance it all out and make the right decisions.
“As long as we are still doing fine with it and I don't have a big problem with it, it's fine and understandable.”