Force India names di Resta and Hulkenberg
Force India confirms that Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg will be its drivers for the 2012 F1 season
Sahara Force India has confirmed that Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg will be its two race drivers for the 2012 F1 season.
The expected confirmation that Hulkenberg will move up from the role of test and reserve driver means Adrian Sutil will leave the team he has driven for - in its various guises - since making his F1 debut.
Di Resta enjoyed a strong debut season after moving into an F1 race seat at the start of the 2011 season, and ended the year as the highest placed rookie driver in the championship - helping the Silverstone-based team to take sixth in the constructors' standings.
Hulkenberg meanwhile joined the team as test and reserve driver for 2011 after his departure from Williams, taking part in Friday practice at a number of events during the course of the year.
Having impressed the team with his performances, the German will now follow di Resta in converting the test and reserve role into a race drive.
"I am delighted to present our line-up for the 2012 season," team principal Vijay Mallya said. "In Paul and Nico we have two extremely talented drivers with tremendous potential.
"I think Paul caught the eye of everybody in the pit lane during his rookie season. His speed, maturity and racecraft confirmed that we were right to believe in him and we look forward to working with him again next year.
"As for Nico, we identified him as a rising star at the end of 2010 and chose to evaluate him during the course of this season. Despite having only limited time in the car, he convinced us that he deserved a race seat for 2012.
"Our new line-up means we say 'goodbye' to Adrian Sutil, who has been with the team since we entered the sport. He has been an integral part of our success over the past four seasons and we wish him well for the future."
Sutil has been hotly tipped as a possible team-mate to Pastor Maldonado at Williams.