Hulkenberg returns to Force India with multi-year contract

3 December, 2013

Vijay Mallya with Nico Hulkenberg during the announcement

Vijay Mallya with Nico Hulkenberg during the announcement

Sahara Force India is delighted to confirm that Nico Hulkenberg will return to Sahara Force India in 2014 after agreeing a multi-year deal.

The 26-year-old German is no stranger to Sahara Force India having spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons with the team. The already strong working relationship will ensure a smooth transition as the team moves into the new era of Formula 1.

Sahara Force India’s full 2014 driver line-up will be announced in due course.

Vijay Mallya, Team Principal and Managing Director said, “I’m delighted to see Nico back with Sahara Force India. When he drove for us in 2012, it became clear [that] Nico was an exceptional talent and he has continued to impress everyone in the paddock with his strong performances this season.”

Vijay Mallya re-introducing Nico Hulkenberg to staff at Force India HQ

Vijay Mallya re-introducing Nico Hulkenberg to staff at Force India HQ

“Having Nico in our line-up is a real statement of intent and a huge boost for everyone associated with the team. We have high hopes and expectations for 2014 and by signing Nico we have put ourselves in the best position to achieve those objectives and enjoy what could be our most competitive season yet.”

Nico Hulkenberg commented, “I am happy to come back to Sahara Force India. The team is aiming high for next year and I believe that the experience I have gained over the years will help us achieve those goals. I genuinely believe [that] we can have a competitive package in 2014.”

“I’ve heard a lot of positive things about the Mercedes engine as well, so I think there is a lot to be excited about for next year. I know this team and I can see their determination; it’s a great bunch of people and we all share the same hunger for success.” (Force India)

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  • matthew

    good for nico.

  • RVSP

    Hulk is back….

  • RVSP

    Nico Hülkenberg: “I am happy to come back to Sahara Force India. The team is aiming high for next year and I believe that the experience I have gained over the years will help us achieve those goals. I genuinely believe we can have a competitive package in 2014. I’ve heard a lot of positive things about the Mercedes engine as well, so I think there is a lot to be excited about for next year. I know this team and I can see their determination; it’s a great bunch of people and we all share the same hunger for success.”

  • The Pessimist

    So EJ was proved right again,but do Force India have the car or budget to mix it up with the big boys in 2014? only time will tell.

  • Hawk

    RVSP??

  • McLarenfan

    I am so pleased that Force India have had the foresight to employ a driver who has talent that all in the paddock can see yet so many are either scared to take a chance or would rather take a psychotic moron who has already done serious damage to a marshal crunched more carbon fiber than any other driver and who would rather crash than finish the race. I truly hope Force India and the Hulk can move closer to the sharp end of the grid.
    Vijay Mallya I salute you!!!

  • stoner

    Since the new engines would be the crucial factor next year, there could be surprises :-)

  • Dr. Azlan

    Will he get paid?

  • McLarenfan

    @Dr. Azlan:
    Apparently they had to pay him all they owed and an advance payment for next season before his management would let him put pen to paper. Obviously Vijay Mallya and the board wanted Nico Hulkenberg to drive for them again they made the payments up and the deal was done. Apparently as soon as the 2013 season had begun Vijay had been trying to get the Hulk back.

  • Red Bull Cheats

    @McLarenfan, And Ferrari paid him his Sauber money to stop him helping Lotus with the last two races. So finally Nico got paid!

  • jeff

    The second picture in this. Whom seems sincere? Best wishes to Hulk, he will end up being a bigger name ilo if lln the books than VJ

  • McLarenfan

    @Red Bull Cheats:
    We can see that by his smile he can afford to eat now, but will he have to lose weight to fit in the car like Daniel Ricciardo.
    I don’t think so but you never know.

  • The Pessimist

    Are Lotus in such serious financial crisis that they could not afford 1.9million$ to sign the Hulk while a smaller team like Force India can afford him? or Lotus decision has something to do with the deal with Quantum which is yet to materialise?

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