The fight for the seat was ultimately between test driver, and Ferrari protege, Jules Bianchi and Adrian Sutil, who would be returning after a one year hiatus from the sport. The decision swung to the latter with team owner and principal citing Sutil’s experience and reliability as the factors that made him more desirable than Bianchi.
This means that the team is stable for the time being. There were talks that financial woes could potentially kill the team before too long, but with Sutil’s backing, these rumors seem to have been quelled.
Sutil will start on the back foot at the season’s start. He has missed three days of vital preseason testing and he will need all the time he can get if he is to shake off any rust accumulated on the racing sidelines. Sutil is more than capable of doing this, however. He is a reliable driver who can bring a decent midfield car home in the points on a regular basis. This may not be enough for him to grab the attention of any top teams, but he was never destined for that anyways.
2013 could prove to be a trying uear for the German. He once again will partner his 2011 teammate Paul di Resta who, in that year, he beat over the season. Now, Paul is a better driver and will pose a more serious threat to the German. Only time will tell if Force India’s decision was the right one.