Force India confirm Di Resta and Hulkenberg

Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg confirmed by Force India for 2012

Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg confirmed by Force India for 2012

Dec.16 (Press Release) Sahara Force India Formula One Team today confirmed that Paul Di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg will form its line-up for the 2012 season.

Dr. Vijay Mallya (IND) Sahara Force India Formula One Team Owner on the grid. Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race, Sunday 30 October 2011.

Vijay Mallya on the grid in India

Paul continues with the team for his second season in a race seat, while Nico steps up from his role as reserve driver. Together they form one of the most exciting pairings on the grid.

Dr. Vijay Mallya, Team Principal and Managing Director: “I am delighted to present our line-up for the 2012 season. In Paul and Nico we have two extremely talented drivers with tremendous potential.

“I think Paul caught the eye of everybody in the pit lane during his rookie season. His speed, maturity and racecraft confirmed that we were right to believe in him and we look forward to working with him again next year.

“As for Nico, we identified him as a rising star at the end of 2010 and chose to evaluate him during the course of this season. Despite having only limited time in the car, he convinced us that he deserved a race seat for 2012.

Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Force India F1 VJM04 Reserve Driver.  Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Spanish Grand Prix, Practice Day, Barcelona, Spain, Friday 20 May 2011.

Nico Hulkenberg returns to a full time race seat

“Our new line-up means we say ‘goodbye’ to Adrian Sutil, who has been with the team since we entered the sport. He has been an integral part of our success over the past four seasons and we wish him well for the future.”

Paul Di Resta: “I’m really looking forward to my second season of Formula One and continuing to grow and develop with Sahara Force India. I’ve said all along that I love being part of this team: they are ambitious, hungry for success and we work well together. I’m really excited about 2012 and there is a real sense of belief that we can continue to push the top teams and take another step forward. I’d also like to thank the team for all their hard work this year and for all the support they’ve given me. I’ll take some time out over the next few weeks to recharge my batteries and hopefully come back even stronger in 2012.”

Nico Hulkenberg: “I’m obviously delighted to be staying with Sahara Force India and to be given the chance to race next year. It wasn’t easy to watch from the sidelines this season, but I did my best to help the team and show what I was capable of. I’m extremely motivated for 2012 and would like to thank everyone for believing in me and giving me this chance. I’m keen to get down to work over the winter to develop our new car and help the team build on this year’s achievements. The first test in Jerez can’t come soon enough.”

  • Twiinz

    This is yet another confirmation that F1 is going with new talent versus known experience. I believe Vettel winning so young as reminded the teams that finding a new talent can be very profitable when it comes to moving up the grid. F1 had started to get a little complacent with mediocre talent in many B and C teams. I like the trend of trying new drivers. Hamilton, Vettel, Di Resta, and Perez are all good examples.

  • Stewy33

    @ Twiinz

    I can agree with that, but it will be interesting in seeing how Pedro does with HRT and the continuous improvement we are seeing at Caterham with Kovi and Jarno. Experienced drivers are more valuable with new teams as their inputs on car set up and other aspects are priceless.