Adrian Sutil, who drove for the Force India team between 2008 and 2011, is set to be named today as the team’s second driver for the 2013 campaign alongside Paul Di Resta.
The German was involved in an unofficial shootout for the vacant position last week with French rookie Jules Bianchi but the Frenchman’s day on Friday was blighted by wet weather. Sutil was given the nod last night although the team have yet to issue an official statement confirming their hiring of his services.
Sutil, who has a career-best finish of 4th at the 2009 Italian Grand Prix, was dropped at the end of 2011 by the Anglo-Indian squad after being charged with assaulting then-Renault team boss Eric Lux in a Shanghai nightclub shortly after that year’s Chinese Grand Prix. Although avoiding a prison sentence, Sutil was fined heavily for his involvement in the fray and limitations placed on his passport; it is understood these have now been lifted allowing him to travel to the Grand Prix’ on the calendar this season.
Sutil will be back in the cockpit either Friday or Saturday as he begins his short preparation as an official Force India driver for the 2013 Formula One season.