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Jani not confirming Force India test

Neel Jani says he cannot confirm reports he is scheduled to test a Force India at the three-day young session at Jerez early next month. "It's not yet official," the 25-year-old Swiss, whose father is Indian, said in a French-language...

Neel Jani says he cannot confirm reports he is scheduled to test a Force India at the three-day young session at Jerez early next month.

"It's not yet official," the 25-year-old Swiss, whose father is Indian, said in a French-language interview published by tsr.ch.

"At the moment nobody really knows who is going to do these tests," Jani added.

The former Sauber and Toro Rosso test driver, however, confirmed that he recently tested at Force India's behest in McLaren's driving simulator.

Jani, with experience in GP2, A1GP, Champ Car and Le Mans, indicated that Paul di Resta is likely to be testing with Force India in the December test.

But he does not completely agree that the arrival next year of four new teams is an opportunity for hopeful drivers.

"If you have money, then yes, but that's not the case for me. They say it costs between 6 and 15 million euros to afford a F1 seat, because of the state of the global economy.

"For most teams, the first criteria (for selecting drivers) is money," he said.

Jani played down rumours of a possible seat at Hinwil based Sauber/Qadbak. "Personally, I can assure you that I never spoke with them," he added, explaining that he is in talks with the sports car team Speedy Racing.

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