Hulkenberg set to replace Sutil at Force India

Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Force India F1  Reserve Driver.

Nico Hulkenberg may not be sitting around on grand prix weekends next year

Oct.21 (GMM) Nico Hulkenberg signed a contract this week to race with the Force India team in 2012, according to reports.

Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 VJM04 and Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Force India F1  Reserve Driver.

Adrian Sutil's Force India days numbered?

The 24-year-old made a promising grand prix debut in 2010, culminating in pole position in Brazil, but he was replaced by Williams with the well-backed Pastor Maldonado ostensibly for financial reasons.

Germany’s reports that the German, who has been Force India’s reserve and Friday practice driver in 2011, will make his return to racing in 2012, replacing his experienced countryman Adrian Sutil.

The report said Hulkenberg has inked a one-year deal with an option for 2013.

“We will make no comment on the driver issue until the team makes a statement,” his manager Timo Gans is quoted by SID news agency.

“Already the current contract includes an option, so either way a new contract does not need to be signed,” he added.

Nico Hulkenberg

Nico has been on Friday duty this year

Team boss Vijay Mallya has said he will not announce Force India’s next driver lineup until December.

Sutil’s manager Manfred Zimmermann therefore denies that Hulkenberg will definitely be Paul di Resta’s new teammate in 2012.

“That is not right. The team – Vijay Mallya and Rob Fernley – confirmed yesterday that this is a rumour in the press and not the truth,” he insisted.

“We are in negotiations with the team,” added Sutil’s manager. “When they are concluded I cannot say, but we certainly will not wait until December the fifteenth.”

  • dmutie

    Adrain Sutil should now find a top team to drive for . I would like Adrian Sutil to replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari

  • srkq

    hello 2 all ma frds,hmm tough call but its a good move 2 replace adrain sutil b”coz nico hulkenberg is also a good driver n a much risk taker b”coz f1 is totally a risk n overtaking sports 2 score more points for himself n for the constructor championship v r in 6″th position now ,hope v try more dominate then this 2 b 5″th next year hope all do the best of (SAHARA FORCE INDIA)