Formula 1: Hulkenberg returns to Force India for 2014!
Nico Hulkenberg has re-joined his former team Force India for next year’s 2014 Formula One world championship. The German leaves the Sauber F1 team whom he had left Force India for at the beginning of the year.
The 26-year-old will return to the team he raced for in 2012 in a “multi-year deal”. Hulkenberg also drove for Force India as a reserve driver during the 2011 season.
“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 owner Vijay Mallya said Hulkenberg had shown he was “an exceptional talent” when he last raced for the team.
“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.”
Hulkenburg had been in line to take the previously vacant seat at Lotus before it was taken by Pastor Maldonado a few days ago. Many members of the F1 fraternity have been stating that Hulkenburg deserves a top seat in Formula One after strong appearances and over-performances in his F1 career so far.
Force India have yet to confirm whether either of their current drivers, Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta, will take the remaining seat at the team. Sergio Perez has also been linked to take the seat after being dropped by McLaren.
5 seats remain open for next season, with 1 seat at Force India, Sauber and Marussia, with Caterham still yet to announce either driver.
2014 Formula One season driver line-up (as of 3/12/13):
|Team||Driver 1||Driver 2|
|Red Bull||Sebastian Vettel||Daniel Ricciardo|
|Mercedes||Lewis Hamilton||Nico Rosberg|
|Ferrari||Fernando Alonso||Kimi Raikkonen|
|Lotus||Romain Grosjean||Pastor Maldonado|
|McLaren||Jenson Button||Kevin Magnussen|
|Force India||Nico Hulkenburg||TBA|
|Toro Rosso||Jean-Eric Vergne||Daniil Kvyatt|
|Williams||Valtteri Bottas||Felipe Massa|
By Jordan Groves Formula 1 correspondent for RTR Sports Marketing Follow Jordan on twitter at www.twitter.com/jgroves1996