Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India future has been secured with the team confirming the German for the 2015 season.
Just a few days after deputy team principal Bob Fernley admitted they are waiting on Ferrari to make their move in the driver market, the Silverstone squad announced that they have retained Hulkenberg.
Having spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons with Force India, the German left for Sauber last season before returning for the 2014 campaign.
“Everybody in the team is delighted to see Nico remain a Force India driver for next season,” team principal Vijay Mallya said. “We rate him very highly and he has done a tremendous job this year by consistently picking up crucial Championship points.
“We know him extremely well: he’s a true racer and he knows how to motivate the team. I am convinced he is one of the best talents on the grid and I am proud that he will continue to race in the colours of Force India.”
The 27-year-old is currently eighth in the Constructors’ Championship, having scored points in 13 of the 16 races this year.
“It’s good to confirm my plans for next season. This is a team I know extremely well and we’ve enjoyed a great year together with some special results,” Hulkenberg said.
“The team has big ambitions and I believe we can have a competitive package once again next year. We have a strong partner in Mercedes and everyone in the team is motivated and hungry for more success. I have a good feeling for 2015 and there is a lot to be excited about as we try to build on the results we have achieved this year.”
Sergio Perez’s future remains unclear with the team yet to confirm him for 2015.