Mallya: Having Nico in our line-up is a real statement of intent by Force India

4 December, 2013

Nico Hulkenberg with Robert Fearnley and Vijay Mallya on the grid ahead of the 2012 US GP

Nico Hulkenberg with Robert Fearnley and Vijay Mallya on the grid ahead of the 2012 US GP

Nico Hulkenberg will drive for Force India next season, the British-based Formula One team confirmed, and thus ending months of speculation that the 26 year old would return to his former team.

Hulkenberg, 26, drove for Force India in 2012 having been a test driver there the previous year.

“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,” Hulkenberg, who finished 10th this season with Sauber, said in a statement.

Vijay Mallya and Nico Hulkenberg during the announcement

Vijay Mallya and Nico Hulkenberg during the announcement

Team principal and managing director Vijay Mallya said the signing of one of the sport’s brightest talents would help the team build on their sixth place in the constructors’ championship in 2013.

“When he drove for us in 2012 it became clear Nico was an exceptional talent and he has continued to impress everyone in the paddock with his strong performances this season,” Mallya said.

“Having Nico in our line-up is a real statement of intent and a huge boost for everyone associated with the team.

Nico Hulkenberg last raced for Force India at the 2012 Brazilian GP

Nico Hulkenberg last raced for Force India at the 2012 Brazilian GP

“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.”

Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta were Force India’s drivers this season and the team said they would announce their full driver line-up for 2014 in due course.

Sutil recently made critical comments about the car and was quoted in an interview with Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport as saying it was like “a carrot”. (Reuters)


  • Red Bull Cheats

    I hope the paid him his 2012 salary, plus his 2014 salary up front.

  • McLarenfan

    I think Nico Hulkenberg can drag the car up a level and Paul Di Resta is Mr consistent but he did slag the team earlier in the season over some mistakes in Quali.
    Adrian Sutil was a let down and then his remarks about “Carrots”.
    Way to go Adrian you truly want a contract.

  • Zombie Jebus Will Eat Your Brain and Take Your Knowledge

    Lol unless they resign Sutil… then it’s all a lie. BIGGEST WASTE OF A SEAT since Trulli got the sack.

  • Tamburello_1994

    Better than languishing at Sauber? Sure. . . Still considered an lateral move at the end of the day.

    Hope F.I. produces a decent ride.

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