Sutil casts doubt on Sauber's future

Thu Nov 6, 2014 11:40am EST
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By Alan Baldwin

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Unhappy German driver Adrian Sutil cast doubt on Sauber's Formula One future on Thursday, a day after the Swiss team threw his career into question by announcing a new lineup for 2015.

"There are certain things to talk about, definitely," he told reporters at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

"I mean, they have confirmed two drivers but it doesn’t mean the drivers are going to drive and it doesn’t mean the team is going to drive," added Sutil, whose own contract was also understood to cover next year.

"So there’s no real change from last weekend to this weekend. It’s just an announcement and now of course in my situation I think I have to do some talking to sort out things."

Sauber have confirmed Sweden's Marcus Ericsson and Brazilian Felipe Nasr for 2015, both drivers with substantial financial backing, in place of Sutil and Mexican Esteban Gutierrez.

After Caterham and Marussia went into administration, missing the U.S. Grand Prix and Brazilian race, the focus has been on Sauber, Force India and Lotus as other privately-owned teams facing a financial squeeze.

Sutil, who joined the Sauber team this season, did not deny he had originally agreed a two-year contract but said Formula One was a "different business' now.

"I am not frustrated but that’s just how it is in Formula One since many years," he said.   Continued...

Sauber Formula One driver Adrian Sutil of Germany prepares to take part in the second practice session of the F1 United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas October 31, 2014. REUTERS/Adrees Latif