Giancarlo Fisichella's hopes of landing the second race seat at Force India next season do not rest on him bringing sponsors to the team, autosport.com has learned.
With Fisichella expecting to find out in the new year about Force India's driver plans, sources close to the Italian have moved to rubbish rumours emerging out of Spain that Fisichella had boosted his chances of beating Roldan Rodriguez to the vacant spot by amassing 10 million euros of sponsorship backing.
The sources claim that discussions with Force India about a seat for 2008 have never revolved around him bringing any sponsors to the Silverstone-based outfit, and that the plan is for the Italian veteran to get paid to race if the team decide to take him.
The source added: "Giancarlo does not bring sponsors to the team, they bring sponsors to him. And if Giancarlo did have 10 million euros, he would stay at home and watch Formula One on television."
Fisichella is the clear favourite to land the second Force India seat alongside Adrian Sutil after impressing the team in a testing outing at Jerez in Spain earlier this month.