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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