Adrian Sutil has welcomed team boss Vijay Mallya's decision to bring forward Force India's 2012 driver decision to the next few weeks.
Mallya had originally intended to wait until December to decide which of his team's three drivers – Sutil, Paul di Resta or Nico Hulkenberg – will be given race contracts for next year. Amid mounting speculation that a decision has already been made and that it will be Hulkenberg and di Resta signed up by the team, Mallya moved to end the rumors by stating in India that he will announce his decision imminently.
With an announcement expected before the next race in Abu Dhabi, Sutil has supported the fact that he will find out his future soon – which does at least give him time to find an alternative drive if he is not retained.
"I was hoping to hear this from Vijay because December is just too late, and I think it is not fair to the drivers," said Sutil, when asked about Mallya's change of plans. "I am happy that he understood that and let's see what comes out."
Sutil refused to predict which way Mallya's decision would go, but reckoned that his strong performances for the team this year showed that he was worthy of being handed another contract by the team.
"I do the best job I can," he said. "I think it should be obvious for the people here and they have to decide."
Should Sutil not stay with Force India, then his best option for 2012 appears to be with Williams – but that situation depends on the outcome of the its talks with Kimi Raikkonen.
"I am looking around, of course, but the priority is always to Force India," Sutil said. "I am loyal to this team. I am with this team for very long and I have a close relationship to Vijay. So let's see what he says in the next weeks, and then I will have plenty of time to decide what to do."