Force India confident Sutil is right choice

By on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sahara Force India

Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya says he is certain that re-signing Adrian Sutil is the correct choice for his team.

Sutil raced for the Silverstone based team between 2007 and 2011 but was replaced for 2012 in favour of Nico Hulkenberg.

"I am very happy about our driver line-up and I am particularly delighted to welcome Adrian back to the team," said Mallya.

"Over the winter we thought long and hard about the decision, but I’m sure we have made the right choice. Adrian is very quick and has a great history with the team - he has been with us from the very start and is truly part of the family. Everyone was impressed by his performance during winter testing in Barcelona: he was able to deliver great pace right away."

Mallya is also confident that Paul di Resta will continue his upwards trajectory.

"Paul has matured into a very good driver and in his third season with us we are confident he will deliver the results his talent warrants. He has gelled with the team perfectly and following a strong winter he is well prepared for a great season. Adrian and Paul make up the driver pairing that brought us to our best-ever Championship result in 2011 and there is no reason why we can’t have a similar result this year."

"The VJM06 has shown excellent reliability in winter testing. The rules haven’t changed much from 2012 and everyone in the team is confident we can pick up where we left off at the end of last season. The first race of the season on a track like Melbourne is always a lottery; if any of the front runners stumble, we will be ready to pounce."

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