Adrian Sutil, one of the Formula One drivers, linked with a drive with Williams F1, had been rumored to have secured a drive with Ferrari for the 2012 season. The German's manager Manfred Zimmerman, however, has denied the rumor in an interview with Sky Sports News. He went on to state that Sutil had never been in discussion with the Italian team that confirmed its driver line-up for next year by retaining Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.
A vacancy at Ferrari is, however, expected to open in 2013 in the event that Massa's contract with the team is not extended. However, even in the event of Massa losing his seat, there are many other drivers expected to take his place. Robert Kubica, should he recover fast enough to race in 2012 and get back to full strength, has been linked with Ferrari from as far back as 2009. Aside from being regarded as one of the fastest drivers in the world, Kubica is also good friends with Alonso, who is likely to be with Ferrari well beyond 2012.
Sauber's Sergio Perez recently tested for Ferrari along with the team's current test and reserve driver Jules Bianchi are likely candidates to fill Massa's shoes as well.