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GP Week : Issue 103
Our exclusive partnership with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes means you can stay in the centre of the F1 action when you book a Grand Prix weekend package. For more information or to book, please visit hiltonracing.com Click here to book your F1 NEWS >> SCUDERIA Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost has confirmed that his team will continue with the services of Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari next year, while also testing British F3 winner, Red Bull sponsored 20 year-old Jean-Eric Vergnes, at the Abu Dhabi young driver test next month. Force India’s deputy team principal Robert Fernley has confirmed that his driver line up won’t change either: “We are comfortable with the drivers we have,” he said, and when pressed if this included for next year, he replied “Yes.” However, COO Otmar Szafnauer clouded matters by saying last week that there is one seat open with the team: "We haven't made any decisions yet on where we go. I think we have got the luxury of being able to assess the situation and make a decision – but there is a seat available." Adrian Sutil has no contract for next year and is in discussion with Mercedes and Renault. However, his speed this year has been impressive and he brings a wealth of sponsorship that Force India would be mad not to try to retain. Tonio Liuzzi’s results, in comparison, have been very disappointing this year but he is believed to have a contract for next year. Despite Nick Heidfeld showing interest in the team, it has long been thought that Paul di Resta is the shoe -in for a Force India drive, should Fernley’s comments prove inaccurate. The Scotsman is currently second in the DTM championship and has the backing of Mercedes-Benz, who supply engines to Force India. Mercedes’ VP of motorsport, Norbert Haug, says they want to see Di Resta in F1 next year, but claims Stuttgart has no influence: “It is not in our hands. Of course we have discussions with Force India. We have a good relationship but it is not our decision at the end of the day. We cannot influence it. But it would be nice for Paul, nice for our junior scheme, nice for DTM to bring another driver up and hopefully he has a good chance.” Toro Rosso, Force India stick with same drivers in 2011 But situation with Sutil and Liuzzi not entirely clear 11