Force India: No rush for driver announcement
13 November 2012 – Force India’s Vijay Mallya has stressed that the team is in no rush to cement its driver pairing for the 2013 Formula 1 season. While Paul di Resta is expected to be retained, Nico Hülkenberg will move to Sauber and one seat remains vacant.
A number of names are lining up for a Force India drive next year, with at least one of the positions very much available. These names include current reserve driver Jules Bianchi and Jaime Alguersuari, who has already spent 12 months on the sidelines. Another man waiting in the wings is Adrian Sutil, driver between 2008 and 2011.
“We have traditionally waited until the end of the season to confirm our line-up and I expect we will stick to this schedule,” explains Mallya, Team Principal and Managing Director.
“With the state of the driver market at the moment, there is no rush to make an announcement. We have a shortlist and will take our time to make sure we have the fastest drivers available in our cars next season.”
Force India entered F1 for the 2008 campaign after Mallya bought the Silverstone-based outfit from Dutch car consortium Spyker. Its first driver combination was Germany’s aforementioned Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella of Italy.