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Vitantonio Liuzzi: Sutil team-mate insists on contract

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F orce India continues to be silent on the driver question. The birds whistle from the rooftops that the Scottish DTM champion Paul di Resta is the hottest contender for the second cockpit next to Adrian Sutil.

Liuzzi does not want to accept that. In an interview with the online specialist portal '422race.com', the Italian explained: 'My situation is clear: Force India has not informed me of any change and for me only what the team says counts.'

Liuzzi has an existing contract for 2011

He is pretty relaxed 'because I have a very clear contract for the 2011 season'. If Force India should take a different path, the team would know what to expect, threatened Liuzzi. However, nothing could surprise him in Formula 1 either.

Should the expected dismissal actually occur, Force India will have to prepare for a legal dispute. Formula 1 contracts usually contain a clause that the pilot may only be thrown from the cockpit with a good reason. Liuzzi remained well behind Sutil in 2010, whether the poor athletic performance is sufficient for a kick is questionable.

Is Liuzzi satisfied with the severance payment?

Normally, drivers who terminate their contract prematurely are financially generous. For the 29-year-old, the premature end would mean the end of his Formula 1 career. It is therefore questionable whether Liuzzi would accept a corresponding settlement offer.

Sutil, on the other hand, has long agreed with team co-owner Vijay Mallya to continue the cooperation. The signature is a formality. For weeks, however, there has been speculation about various other constellations. Until the test drives from February 1st, there should be clarity. Also for Liuzzi.


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