28 Feb 2013

Bianchi won't drive for Force India

10:59 am on 28 February 2013

Force India have ruled Frenchman Jules Bianchi out of the reckoning for the last remaining race seat in Formula One, leaving the way open for Germany's Adrian Sutil to make a comeback.

Bianchi's manager Nicolas Todt, whose father Jean is president of the sport's governing International Automobile Federation and a former Ferrari team boss, says he's now looking at what other options his young driver might have.

Bianchi was Force India's reserve last year and could continue in that role.

However, Ferrari have also expressed an interest in having him as an understudy to Fernando Alonso and Massa.

Briton Paul Di Resta is the only driver confirmed for Force India so far.

Sutil was Bianchi's rival for the seat with the pair both given track time at the previous test at the Circuit de Catalunya last week.