Force India retain Hulkenberg for 2015

Nico Hulkenberg will remain with the Sahara Force India Formula One Team for 2015 after agreeing a one-year extension to his contract.

The German will spend a second consecutive season racing for a team in Formula 1 for the first time in his career after racing for Williams, a first spell at Force India and Sauber before rejoining Force India for 2014.

Hulkenberg currently sits eighth in the Drivers’ Championship having finished fifth on four occasions in Malaysia, Bahrain, Monaco and Canada, and was delighted to have confirmed his future so early.

“It’s good to confirm my plans for next season,” admitted Hulkenberg. “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.”

Sahara Force India Team Principal and Managing Director Dr Vijay Mallya was happy to see Hulkenberg remain a part of his team for 2015, and praised the German’s consistent season where he has scored points in thirteen of the sixteen races so far in 2014, including a run of ten consecutive top ten finishes between the season opener in Australia and the German Grand Prix in July.

“Everybody in the team is delighted to see Nico remain a Sahara Force India driver for next season,” said Mallya. “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.”