Sutil still has Sauber contract for 2015, says announced line-up may not race

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Adrian Sutil has said that there is no guarantee Sauber’s 2015 line-up of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr will be racing next season as he is still under contract with the Swiss team.

Ericsson was announced ahead of last weekend’s United States Grand Prix, whilst Nasr got the green light last night, appearing to leave both Sutil and current teammate Esteban Gutierrez out in the cold.

Whereas Gutierrez will be out of contract at the end of the year, Sutil has said for some time that he does still have a firm deal with the team for 2015. It appears that this would be paid off using some of the financial backing that Nasr and Ericsson bring to the seats.

Speaking in the Thursday FIA press conference in Brazil, Sutil said that firm talks needed to be held with the team to work out where he stands for 2015.

“There are certain things to talk about, definitely,” the German said. “They confirmed two drivers but that doesn’t mean the drivers are going to drive, and it doesn’t mean the team is going to drive.

“There’s no real change from last weekend to this weekend. It’s just an announcement. Now, of course, in my situation I think I have to do some talking to sort out the things.

“I’m not frustrated. It’s just how it is in Formula 1 since many years. It’s a little bit of a different business.”

Sutil’s girlfriend, Jennifer Becks, also tweeted her thoughts following Nasr’s announcement.

After seven seasons racing in F1, Sutil will be hoping to find another seat on the 2015 grid, but he has shown few signs of desperation over the past few months. Instead, he has insisted that Sauber’s decisions do not change his outlook for next year, and it is unlikely they will until a resolution with his contract is found.

This news also leaves reserve drivers Giedo van der Garde and Sergey Sirotkin without a drive for 2015, and they will also be considering their options to further their chances of a place on the grid next season.