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F1: Hulkenberg, Perez keen to stay at Force India

With Force India posting one of the success stories of F1 2014, Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez have good reason to remain onboard next year.
Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez have indicated their desire to remain with Sahara Force India for the 2015 F1 season after team principal Vijay Mallaya suggested he will be looking to retain his drivers.

Coming into 2014 with a new driver line-up, Force India have enjoyed a respectable first half of the season with Hulkenberg scoring in all-but-one race, while Perez picked up only the team's second F1 podium at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Placing Force India fifth in the constructors' standings after 11 races, Mallya says he has no reason to consider any other drivers for 2015 when it comes to discussing new contracts.

“We have options on both,” he said. “I'm very happy with both of them and I see no reason why we should be looking at any change.”

It is a view shared by his drivers, with Hulkenberg – who returned to Force India in 2014 following a season at Sauber – saying there is a 'very good chance' he will remain.

“I think there is a very good chance [of staying], but in terms of my future there is nothing to report,” he said. “We are getting the races behind us and then we can get into a position to stay here or look at what is going on.

“I am happy with the season. Obviously we have fallen behind a bit when you look at the likes of Williams, they have out-developed us unfortunately but given what we have, we have always maximised.”

Perez, meanwhile, says he will use the summer break to get a better idea of where he will land in 2015.

“I haven't made my mind up. I think it is likely I will stay here but anything can happen. We need to sit down and to discuss for the future and see what is best.

“We haven't talked much about next year, but we will take the opportunity of the summer break to decide for the future.”

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August 18, 2014 1:54 AM
Last Edited 316 days ago

This is the best option for Hulk ATM. 2015 looks stable in terms of the driver market, But I think 2016 will see a significant shift. Alonso will be coming up on contract terms. Kimi's seat is vacant. SV could move. JB's seat might be open. Massa's seat will probably be open as well. Also LH's seat might be open if he doesn't resign this year. Silly season will be awash with rumors in 2015.

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