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Force India wait on Lotus line-up

Thursday 28-November-2013 08:08

Force India, like others in the paddock, are waiting on Lotus to announce their line-up for next season before pressing ahead with their own.

Lotus are expected to announce Pastor Maldonado as Romain Grosjean's 2014 team-mate but until that happens Maldonado and his millions from the PDVSA oil company are still on the table.

However, should Force India opt not to sign the Venezuelan driver, the Enstone team is then expected to snap up Nico Hulkenberg, who Force India are interested in.

As such, deputy team principal Bob Fernley says his team are having to wait on Lotus to make the first move.

"The stumbling block at the moment is who's going with Lotus and until that's resolved it's very difficult to know what's available," he told ESPN.

"At the end of the season, we've got two very good drivers and there's got to be a compelling reason to change one or both. We don't really know which drivers are available yet."

Force India, though, are believed to have a pre-contract already signed with Hulkenberg, although Fernley refused to confirm this.

"There have been stories like that for a few weeks now and Nico is one of the drivers we'd like to look at," he said.

He also insisted that when the decision is made regarding the team's line-up, Force India will opt for talent over money.

"As long as we're not diluting the performance, because the shareholders are very clear about what they are looking for and that is performance. It's always going to be on talent, if we can get money it's a bonus."

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