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Force India F1 driver announcement imminent?

Vijay Mallya: We're currently closing [on] our driver line-up. I'm really excited about what's to come.

Force India boss Dr Vijay Mallya has revealed that he is 'excited' about the teams proposed driver line-up for F1 2011.

Although nothing has been confirmed as yet by the Silverstone-based outfit, it is currently thought that Adrian Sutil will be retained, while Paul di Resta is tipped to get the nod at the expense of Vitantonio Liuzzi, who it should be noted has a contract until the end of the year. Williams reject Nico Hulkenberg is expected to be signed as the team's third driver.

“We're currently closing [on] our driver line-up,” Mallya told Force India's Facebook site. “I'm really excited about what's to come.”

Meanwhile Mallya added he is pleased fellow countryman Narain Karthikeyan will be back next season having secured a drive with Hispania. Karthikeyan last raced at the pinnacle of the sport in 2005 with Jordan. He was also a test driver for Williams in 2006 and 2007.

"We have spoken to Narain over a period of time about returning,” Mallya continued, “but it just wasn't the right time for us in this stage of our development.

"I'm delighted [though] that Narain is able to make his F1 comeback with HRT and I wish him every success in the coming year. India should be proud that it will be fully represented in its inaugural Grand Prix by an Indian team and now an Indian driver [too]," he concluded.

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Saturday Practice, Vijay Mallya (IND), Chairman and Managine Director Force India
Vijay Mallya, Chairman & Managing Director, Force India F1 Team
Thursday Practice1, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB6 and Vijay Mallya (IND), Chairman and Managine Director Force India
Race, Vijay Mallya (IND), Chairman and Managine Director Force India and Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of Formula One Management

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Taz - Unregistered

January 11, 2011 12:44 PM

Reckon Liuzzi is out...engine bills written off or Liuzzi's contract paid out, he's had a fair stab at it, time to give De-rista a crack.

mr Logic - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 6:13 AM

I'm reading too many positive assumptions about Sutil. He was disrespectful in publically holding out for an alternative drive for so long and his manager was doing the big mouth routine, also note none of the claims made by said manager have actually happened. Sutil is a decent driver but nothing special. If he's paired alongside di Resta he's going to look rubbish so the outlook for Sutil is not great whatever happens. I think the di Resta/ Hulk pairing might just be the favourite combo of VJ. That would indeed be 'exciting'.

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