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Sutil confident his F1 seat is in `no danger`.

Adrian Sutil is confident of holding onto his Formula 1 seat with Force India in 2009 – despite having generally come off second-best in comparison with experienced team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella this year, and the existence of a whole host of other pretenders eager to earn a drive with the Silverstone-based squad.

Having impressed enough over the course of his rookie season in the top flight in 2007 to be considered as a potential replacement for Fernando Alonso at the front-running McLaren-Mercedes outfit this year, Sutil has failed to catch the eye on so many occasions in his sophomore campaign – his standout Monaco performance, when he ran in fourth place in the closing stages of the race until being unceremoniously removed from the action by the out-of-control Ferrari of defending F1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen, obviously aside.

“For the moment I am relaxed,” the young German told motorsport-total.com. “My contract is valid also for next year.”

Sutil has been out-qualified seven-four by Fisichella over the first eleven races of 2008, and rumours are circulating that Force India chairman Dr Vijay Mallya is keen to have a home-grown driver in the team next year – possibly Red Bull-backed GP2 star Karun Chandhok, or A1GP race-winner and ex-grand prix ace Narain Karthikeyan.

The man from Starnberg, however, insists he is not fazed by any such speculation.

“For the moment I see no danger,” the 25-year-old underlined. “The contract is firm, and the team has always been very loyal to me. Both of us [current drivers] have done well, so I think there is no reason why the team would want to change.”


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rich ard

August 04, 2008 3:42 PM

adrian comes across as a nice person, and i had high hopes for him. he is probably doing as well as he can with force india, who appear to be going downhill.he probably deserves a bit of a chance to prove himself



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