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Sutil denies Williams' talks

Force India team have not yet taken up their option on his services for next year.
Thursday, September 22, 2011

SINGAPORE, Sept 22, 2011 (AFP) - Force India driver Adrian Sutil on Thursday dismissed rumours that he had held talks with Williams.

On the eve of this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix, in which he hopes to help Force India consolidate their grip on sixth in the constructors' standings, the 28-year-old German was at pains to reject a connection with the British team. He said: "I didn't go there. I wasn't there. I have no contacts with them."

Speculation about his future has intensified because the Force India team have not yet taken up their option on his services for next year.

He said he had no idea what lay ahead. "At this moment it is difficult to see where is possible. "The team is very good here; it is doing a good performance. I know the team for a long time, so whatever I do I have to think twice if it is a good
next step. "The top teams are all closed anyway, the top four, so maybe there is no reason to change.

"I am just concentrated on my race, and see where it goes. I have no plans.

"The team wants to wait until December and they don't want to tell who will be in the seat, otherwise they wouldn't wait so long. "Whatever I do now, I have to be fast and I have to score some points. Then hopefully it is enough for them to say yes, he deserves another year with us, or not. If I do my races as I can, as good as possible, then I will get a seat."

He and his Force India team-mate Briton Paul di Resta both made clear they are focused on ensuring the team finishes sixth in the teams' title race - and performs well in next month's inaugural Indian Grand Prix.

Ahead of this weekend's race at the Marina Bay circuit, Force India are sixth with 36 points ahead of Sauber on 35 and Toro Rosso on 29. Despite their strong recent form, di Resta said he believed the points battle would go all the way to the final event in Brazil at the end of November.

He said: "Last year, the team was fighting all season to get sixth place and lost it by a point. "It would be rather harsh if that happened again. We were the chasing ones and now we have caught up and overtaken. We have shown good performance, although Sauber were strong in Monza until the cars stopped. We know that this is going to be a fight all the way.

"Some cars seem to work some places and some don't. But we have changed our car philosophy and it's a philosophy that has got us a lot of points this year and which will work better on the tracks coming up from now."

Sutil walking on the Marina Bay Circuit with team members.

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