Just my opinion on the issue. It’s for granted that the seat of Felipe Massa for 2013 is under consideration and most logically Ferrari has to make up their minds until end of July on if they are going to keep Felipe or take another option.
There are many drivers out there waiting for a dream call starting with 0039 that is coming from Italy and Maranello. Forget for a minute the fact that Marketing Issues will come in the agenda and the game will be played having in mind purely drivers performance.
Adrian Sutil is a very good driver who brings solid results, always performs well, made some stunning appearances and would be an interesting option for Ferrari. But he’s not the only one. Many would have get-out options from their contracts if they have offer from a “bigger team” and Ferrari is a bigger team no matter what. I don’t hold too much on 1y deal talks with a team, because a clause on the contract like I said before will do the job. Having said that, you can bring up many names in your mind.
And if you count also the possibility that some managers will play their game wisely to release their customers from any binding contracts then some extra names can appear. We have heard many times the sentence “This driver is contracted to team X, loaned to team Y and will replace the Z driver (of team X) when he retires or leaves”. All this will collapse if the team who has his rights (Team X) isn’t performing and the manager of the driver can play a game on that, in order to place his driver to a “bigger team”.
Bottom line is that Sutil is only one of the possibilities Ferrari has and in case they will open the seat officially, bigger names will come into play. And from any initial talks to serious talk the way is very rough!