Adrian Sutil's manager Manfred Zimmermann has revealed talks with Williams broke down mid-December. Sutil was favourite for the Williams seat at one stage and now his options for a place on the grid next year are quickly running out.
Speaking to Motorsport-Total, Zimmermann said "The announcement of Bruno Senna as a Williams driver does not surprise us, for us the issue was settled weeks ago. The negotiations with Williams, due to various different ideas ended in mid-December"
"Force India was also not a possibility anymore at an early stage. Even in September it was clear that Adrian will not drive for Force India in 2012"
Despite one undesirable vacancy at HRT and maybe Jarno Trulli's seat at Caterham which seems to be heading the way of Vitaly Petrov, Zimmermann says "I continue to believe that Adrian will be in Formula 1 this season - in the long term this should be the case anyway. For the 2012 season, there are two possibilities: a 'surprise package' and a plan B"
For the time being Sutil's management are focusing on the Eric Lux court trial which happens on 30 and 31 January, Munich. Zimmermann said "For us, it is now first to complete the trial later this month, so that a line is drawn under the matter. From the 1st of February we are actually in our negotiations."
The main sticking point with the Williams negotiations could have been Sutil's preference for a one year deal because of the possibility of a vacant seat in each of the four top teams for 2013. Sutil's manager hints at this, "We see 2012 as a transitional year and go to the Formula 1 project with a long term view," says Zimmermann.
"Adrian will be after his World Championship performances and results of the last two years, certainly looking at a long term commitment in Formula 1. We plan to remain in the medium term to dock at a top team."