'Buemi misses out on Force India seat'
1 January 2013 – Sébastien Buemi is no longer in the running for the vacant Force India seat, according to Swiss newspaper Blick. The 24-year-old's former Toro Rosso team-mate, Jaime Alguersuari, is also believed to have missed out on a drive at the Silverstone-based squad, with Adrian Sutil and Jules Bianchi the two remaining candidates.
Force India and Caterham are the only teams yet to confirm their complete line-ups for the upcoming campaign, with a number of drivers left on the sidelines at the end of 2012. Buemi and Alguersuari were both hopeful over their chances of claiming a place alongside Paul di Resta, but this now appears to be out of the question.
Sutil, who drove for Force India and its predecessors from 2006 to 2011, has been attempting to return to Formula 1 after a year out of the sport. However, 2012 test and reserve driver Bianchi is said to be closer to a deal with his ties to Ferrari. The famous Italian marque is keen for its well-rated protégé to break into the sport and could offer engines to Force India for the 2014 season as part of an agreement.
Di Resta, who has contested two seasons with Force India to date, is almost certain to retain his seat for 2013. Throughout 2012, Team Principal Vijay Mallya continually expressed his desire to reveal the outfit's drivers in one announcement.