Adrian Sutil stays focused on 2013 as he waits on Force India talks for 2014
German still hoping team will finish fifth in Constructors' Championship
By Pete Gill. Last Updated: 19/09/13 4:28pm
Adrian Sutil has revealed that he is yet to open negotiations with Force India about a contract extension for 2014.
After a year out of the sport, Sutil is currently partnering Paul di Resta for the second season in three years as the Silverstone-based outfit seek to beat McLaren to fifth in the Constructors' Championship.
Displaying no ill-effects from his spell on the sidelines, the German has consistently impressed this term, scoring 25 points - nine less than Di Resta.
Yet despite his good form and a host of recent driver announcements, it seems as if neither Sutil or Force India are in any rush to discuss a new deal.
"I would be happy to do another year," Sutil declared ahead of this weekend's Singapore GP. "I'm just back into Formula 1, more than half a year only. It would be OK but I haven't really lost too many thoughts about it yet. It's quiet at the moment."
Asked if talks had begun on a new contract, Sutil confirmed: "No, not yet."
After a strong first-half to the season, Force India's results have regressed in recent races, with the team scoring just two points in the last four grands prix.
According to Sutil, it is no coincidence that the slump has occurred in the wake of Pirelli introducing 'beefed-up' tyres following the blow-outs which marred June's British GP.
"Since the new tyres came in it was clearly a step down for us. We used to be able to do one less stop in the race which was a big advantage compared to others and also the general balance of the car was much better and we lost it a little bit now, last few races," Sutil commented.
"Spa was still okay but Monza was a big disappointment. Coming here of course we try to improve our performance again. I don't think we get everything out of our package and we don't develop the car any more - that's clear - but it's not different to other teams.
"So, we have to get back again where we used to be and I think even with this car what we have, we can show more in Singapore - here I expect a better performance."