Hulkenberg returns to Force India in 'multi-year deal'

By on Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Force India has confirmed that Nico Hulkenberg will return to the team for the 2014 season as part of a 'multi-year deal'.

Hulkenberg, 26, finished in 10th place in the 2013 championship for Sauber but will rejoin his former squad for next year's campaign.

Hulkenberg joined Force India at the end of 2010 and spent 2011 as their reserve driver, before being promoted to a race seat for the 2012 season.

The German was one of the candidates for the Lotus seat but lost out to Pastor Maldonado.

"I am happy to come back to Sahara Force India," said Hulkenberg. "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."

Team co-owner Vijay Mallya says he is pleased to welcome back an 'exceptional' talent.

"I’m delighted to see Nico back with Sahara Force India. 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," said Mallya.

"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."

It is not yet clear who will partner Hulkenberg at the team, with the full 2014 line-up to be announced 'in due course'.

Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta raced for the team in 2013 and it it understood that the latter will not remain with Force India. Outgoing McLaren driver Sergio Perez is a strong contender to join Hulkenberg at the team.


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