Force India has announced it has retained Nico Hulkenberg for the 2015 season.
Hulkenberf re-joined the team from Sauber at the end of 2013 and enjoyed an impressive start to the current season as he scored points in each of the opening ten races. Force India has previously said it is keen to keep its current driver line-up in place and Hulkenberg's confirmation comes with the belief that 2015 will see the team make further progress.
“It's good to confirm my plans for next season," Hulkenberg said. "This is a team I know extremely well and we've enjoyed a great year together with some special results. 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.”
Team principal Vijay Mallya said Hulkenberg was a motivational character within Force India and described himself as "proud" to be able to retain his services.
“Everybody in the team is delighted to see Nico remain a Sahara Force India driver for next season," 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 Sahara Force India.”
The announcement hints at contracts being signed at Ferrari, with deputy team principal Bob Fernley having told Crash.net
it was one of the main reasons for the delay in confirming Hulkenberg