A year after leaving them for Sauber, Nico Hulkenberg is set to rejoin Force India after signing a multi-year deal, the outfit confirmed on Tuesday…
A year after leaving them for Sauber, Nico Hulkenberg is set to rejoin Force India after signing a multi-year deal, the outfit confirmed on Tuesday.
The German was a test driver at Force India in 2011 and was given a race seat in 2012, so it is an environment he’s not unfamiliar with.
“I am happy to come back to Force India,” said Hulkenberg, who was also linked with a move to Lotus before Pastor Maldonado was announced as Kimi Raikkonen’s replacement.
“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 boss Vijay Mallya added: “I’m delighted to see Nico back with Force India.
“When he drove for us in 2012, it became clear Nico was an exceptional talent and he has continued to impress everyone in the paddock with his strong performances this season.
“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.”
Force India also said it would announce its second driver soon.