Sebastian Buemi has revealed to Swiss paper Blick that his chances of returning to the F1 grid with Sahara Force India are finished, after he was informed by the team that he is out of the running.
According to veteran Blick writer Roger Benoit, this leaves Jules Bianchi (pictured above with FI’s Bob Fearnley) in pole position for the seat, with former FI driver Adrian Sutil still a possibility.
Bianchi’s case is apparently being helped by discussions with Ferrari over a supply of engines for 2014. It seems that there is a possibility that Force India could switch to the Ferrari units when the new turbo formula comes in and with Ferrari keen to place its reserve driver Bianchi in a race seat, there could be a deal to be done there.
Bianchi drove for the team during a number of Friday practice sessions during the 2012 season but the feeling was that he had not impressed the team in that role to the same degree that Nico Hulkenberg had the year before.
Former Toro Rosso driver and Radio 5 Live F1 analyst Jaime Alguersuari was also in the running but is now being tipped to move to BMW’s DTM team.
Force India is due to launch its new car on February 1 at Silverstone.