Force India Formula 1 team Monday confirmed that Adrian Sutil will be one of their drivers for the second pre-season testing beginning here Tuesday, raising hopes of the German securing the second driver spot alongside Paul di Resta.
Force India is the only team which has not finalised their line-up for the 2013 season starting March 17.
Sutil, who drove for the Silverstone-based outfit for five seasons including one under its former guise Spyker, has been strongly linked to partner di Resta with competition coming from 2012 reserve Jules Bianchi.
Sutil will do the testing duties on the third day at the Circuit de Catalunya while di Resta will be behind the wheel on the first two days. Bianchi will drive on the final day.
Adrian Sutil to test with Sahara Force India. File Pic/Getty images
"In five years I was in this team, they know how good I am and they know my qualities," Sutil was quoted as saying by Autosport on the sidelines of the Race of Champions here.
"I am not the one going to this team saying, 'please, please give me the drive'. They should come to me and say, 'we want you.' I want to drive for this team but they should also want me as a driver. I am quite relaxed.
"I know how to handle the situation. I did the maximum I could do and now it is up to them to decide if I am in the seat or not," he said.
Force India are expected to name the drivers' line-up this month and Sutil's competition is against the likes of Jules Bianchi, Kamui Kobayashi, Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari.
Sutil feels a one-year break from the sport will help him make a strong comeback.
"It was a different year. I really enjoyed the year, it was one of the best ever, as I had time for different things in life," he said. "I am definitely more settled in my life right now and ready for a new beginning in F1," he added.