Adrian Sutil feels he has no reason to be nervous about his future in Formula 1, despite further delays in Force India finalizing its driver plans for next year.
Force India team principal Vijay Mallya said recently he expected to sort out his 2012 lineup by this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but still no decision has been made. That means Sutil – who is going up against Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg for a drive with the team – must wait a few more weeks to find out his future. Yet, despite the possibility that he may struggle to find a seat elsewhere if Force India decides in the end not to keep him, Sutil insists he is happy to wait a bit longer to discover his fate.
"Who says that I am just waiting for Force India?" Sutil told reporters in the Yas Marina paddock on Thursday. "I can survive also somehow in a different way, let's say.
"I don't think after so many years doing a good job in this team I have to shiver and think about my future, or something. I am relaxed. I like this team. But, if it doesn't work out, then I find something else."
Sutil has a slim chance of a seat at Lotus (Renault) next season, but is most strongly linked with the Williams team, with which he is understood to have already held talks. Williams, however, is waiting to see how third driver Valtteri Bottas performs in next week's young driver test in Abu Dhabi before deciding its 2012 driver lineup, and also reportedly has held talks with Kimi Raikkonen.
Sutil believes that the delay in Force India finalizing its driver lineup was the consequence of a new ownership structure at the team following the Indian-based Sahara Group recently taking a major shareholding in the squad.
"Probably with a new owner here in this team it is just taking a bit longer, I don't know why. I just don't feel in a position where I should be nervous. If I was doing a bad job, then I would probably be nervous but I do the best job I can. I am scoring the points and I feel good, so that is why I cannot change the situation."
Sutil confirmed that he had spoken to Mallya about the situation since the Indian GP, and reckons it was in both his and the team's interest to get the matter sorted swiftly.
"We are having a very good relationship since a long time," said Sutil about Mallya. "He is very loyal to me and I am very loyal to him, so that is important. He told me some things I can't share with you at the moment.
"We all agreed – we want to announce it as soon as possible for both sides. It is also important for the team to announce the drivers as early as possible so they can adjust the drivers for their car for the next season.
"Everything, when it gets late, you feel it on the performance. Same on me and same for the team – for both sides it would be better to announce it as soon as possible."