Hulkenberg: Force India driver decision within a few days

By on Thursday, December 15, 2011

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Nico Hulkenberg will be promoted to a race seat at Force India next season, replacing one of its current drivers, according to respected German magazine Auto Motor und Sport. There have been rumours within the past several weeks suggesting that the current Force India reserve driver will be replacing fellow German Adrian Sutil. The other driver under consideration to be part of Force India's 2012 driver line-up is Paul di Resta, 2011 winner of Autosport's Rookie of the Year.

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya previously said that he would make a decision on drivers before the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but that decision has been postponed until now. The team will be having its Christmas party this week on Thursday, which is the latest possible date for an announcement on their drivers for next year.

Hulkenberg is relieved that the decision will be announced soon, saying: "Of course, I look forward to when the announcement is finally made. But now that I have waited this long, I only have to wait a few more days and not more."

The 2009 GP2 champion spent the 2011 season as a reserve driver for Force India, driving during Friday practice sessions, after he was dropped by Williams at the end of 2010. Even after a year on the sidelines, he believes that he is already physically prepared for a full-time race seat.

"I had to be physically as fit as the team drivers last year. If something had happened, I had to be prepared. Therefore, the preparation schedule is quite normal, with a training camp in January and the usual fitness classes throughout the year."

When asked how he would feel about the possibility of having two German drivers in Force India next year, Hulkenberg said: "For us drivers it's really not that important which country your team mate comes from. I get along with Adrian just as well as I do with Paul. Every conceivable driver pairing would work well."

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