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F1: Force India offer Sutil test driver position

Published on Feb 19, 2013 6:06 AM

PARIS (AFP) - German driver Adrian Sutil neared a return to a Formula One drive on Monday after he was confirmed as a test driver for the Force India team this week in Barcelona.

The 30-year-old - who was dropped by Force India for the 2012 season after a conviction for grievous bodily harm - will drive their new model VJM06 in Thursday's test session.

However, he still has to stave off competition for the second driver's seat - alongside Scottish driver Paul di Resta who has remained with the team - from Frenchman Jules Bianchi, who will test the car on Friday.

The 23-year-old - who has yet to race in a Grand Prix but is sponsored by Ferrari - was their reserve driver last year and was third fastest in testing in Jerez at the beginning of the month.

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