Sutil, Bianchi shoot-out likely for Force India seat

© F1 Pulse, 18 February 2013
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Adrian Sutil has a chance to prove his worth for a Formula 1 seat after Force India gave the German driver a full day to drive its car at the second pre-season test in Barcelona.

Dropped by the team after the 2011 season, Sutil’s future in the sport has been in question ever since he got convicted for assault in a fight with an F1 team owner in a Chinese nightclub.

Force India, meanwhile, has denied that the vacant seat could be offered to either Sutil or reserve driver Jules Bianchi, who will be driving the car on Friday, based on their performances this week.

"No, it's not a shoot-out. It's just two drivers helping the team with this week's test. I don't think it should be perceived as such, that's not the intention," a spokesman told Reuters.


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