Sutil beats Bianchi to Force India drive

Germany’s Adrian Sutil has been confirmed alongside Paul di Resta at Sahara Force India for 2013.

The driver was dropped from Force India – where he had spent his entire career – in 2012 when he was on trial for Grievious Bodily Harm against Lotus CEO Eric Lux at a Shaghai night club in April 2011, following the Chinese Grand Prix. Nico Hulkenberg who was selected as his replacement, has since moved to Sauber.

Force India prolonged the announcement of their driver and have since come under criticism for the delay in announcing their 2013 pairing. It was strongly suspected that France’s Jules Bianchi, who ran some Friday practices for the team in 2012, was on course of the seat. Yet, just as the second pre-season test approached, it was announced that Sutil was at Force India for a seat fitting.

Both drivers were then run at the test – Sutil on the Thursday and Bianchi on the Friday. It was clearly a test that the German won.

It was thought that this was the last available seat on the 2013 grid but Marussia’s rookie Luiz Razia seems to be under threat following financial difficulties – after his arrival at the team gave Timo Glock the boot when the German refused to pay for himself. Finn Heikki Kovalainen, who lost his seat at Caterham after three years has been linked with the seat.

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