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Force India creates GP2 team with Hilmer Motorsport

Force India will race in GP2 after forming a partnership with Hilmer Motorsport, with the move designed to expand the team's driver development programme
Force India has created a GP2 team after forming a partnership with Hilmer Motorsport.

The move is designed to expand Force India's driver development programme, and will see Daniel Abt and Facu Regalia drive for Hilmer with a Force India livery. Team principal Vijay Mallya said the move was part of a wider desire to give drivers a path from karting right up to F1.

“As a team we've always placed great emphasis on nurturing young drivers so I'm delighted to announce our partnership with a GP2 team,” Mallya said. “It's the logical next step as we look to bring through the next generation of drivers and provide them with the opportunity to showcase their talent. Our presence in GP2 moves us closer to having a holistic development programme to school drivers from grassroots karting to the higher echelons of professional motorsport.”

Hilmer Motorsport team principal Franz Hilmer said he believes the current driver pairing can prove themselves worthy of an F1 seat.

“We are very happy about the collaboration between Hilmer Motorsport and Sahara Force India Formula One Team,” Hilmer said. “I've had an association with Sahara Force India for ten years and we are looking forward to working together on a sporting level going forward. With Facu Regalia and Daniel Abt we have two very talented young drivers with the potential to progress to Formula One. We will do our best to support them on their way to the pinnacle of motor racing.”

In 2014 Force India's F1 team has a driver line-up of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez - both GP2 graduates - with Dani Juncadella as reserve driver.




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27.07.2014- Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
27.07.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T leads Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
27.07.2014- Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07 retires from the race
27.07.2014- Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07 and Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
27.07.2014- Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07 spins
27.07.2014- Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
27.07.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T leads Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
27.07.2014- Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
27.07.2014- Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07 and Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C33
27.07.2014- Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33 and Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07 at drivers parade
26.07.2014- Qualifying, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07

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Fullofit

February 08, 2014 1:38 PM

These teams are not owned by the F1 team or their owners in most cases. They are strategic partnerships between 2 independent race teams, who by joining up gain additional advantages. Force India & Caterham both make money from selling Friday practice seat time & have more drivers looking for opportunities within team to get into F1. This allows FIF1 & Hilmer to charge more for these seats. Hilmer will also most likely get access to FIF1 hospitality and other benefits.



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