Why have Force India taken so long to choose their driver for 2013??
Unless I have missed something we are a few weeks out and its between Sutil (old school) and Bianchi (new school)??
I have been watching F1 for 26 years (since 10) and cant remember something like this before- are we waiting for the sponsor to come through soon for the answer???
According to SkyF1, it’s apparently linked to what engine manufacturer to go with from 2013. If they go with Bianchi, then they’re committed to Ferrari customer engines as Bianchi comes from the Ferrari fold. If they go Sutil, who comes from the Mercedes stable, they will commit to Mercedes engines. This is their dilemma and why it’s taking so long.
From a personal perspective, I think they should try new blood, Sutil has had his chance, in fact many of them. Another consideration will of course be how much sponsorship each driver brings to the team.
The sad fact here is also the financial aspect. It’s not just about which engine manufacturer to go for, but which driver can secure them the biggest discount on the engines themselves.
It seems a shame when it comes down to something like this in F1, although I kind of agree with some of the others on the forums that both drivers are equally deserving of the seat for different reasons. Although Sutil’s champagne glass attack definitely stands against him. If he hadn’t done that, I think he would already have been chosen.