Ralf Schumacher, de la Rosa, deny Force India links

Ralf Schumacher has revealed he spoke with his friend Vijay Mallya last week, but denies he is a candidate to replace Giancarlo Fisichella at Force India from this weekend's Italian Grand Prix. With the current reserve driver Tonio Liuzzi ...

Ralf Schumacher has revealed he spoke with his friend Vijay Mallya last week, but denies he is a candidate to replace Giancarlo Fisichella at Force India from this weekend's Italian Grand Prix.

With the current reserve driver Tonio Liuzzi understood to have a contract to race next year, team boss Mallya will almost certainly also unveil the Italian as Adrian Sutil's new teammate for Monza in the coming hours or days.

Former GP winner and current DTM racer Schumacher, however, was asked by spox.com if he might be a candidate for the Mercedes-powered seat, despite being out of F1 since he lost his Toyota drive at the end of 2007.

The 34-year-old answered that it wouldn't make sense "after two years (out of F1) to go to Monza with a car you have never driven".

F1 reserve driver Pedro de la Rosa also ruled out switching to Force India, despite his employer McLaren's strong links with the Silverstone based team.

He told the Spanish sports newspaper Marca: "They have their own test and reserve driver, so no."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Ralf Schumacher , Pedro de la Rosa , Adrian Sutil
Teams Mercedes , McLaren , Force India