Hulkenberg confirmed to new Force India contract

Nico Hulkenberg has signed a two-year extension to his Sahara Force India contract to remain with the Silverstone-based team for the 2016 and 2017 Formula 1 season.

The German driver is in his second spell with the team, having competed in 2012 alongside Paul di Resta, and returned to the team after a year away at Sauber in 2014 alongside current team-mate Sergio Perez.

Dr Vijay Mallya had hinted that the team would field an unchanged line-up for next season, and with Hulkenberg now confirmed, they are halfway to achieving that.

“I’m very pleased to finalise and announce my plans for the future,” insisted Hulkenberg. “I know this team inside out and I feel at home here so it made perfect sense to make a long-term commitment.

“The progress the team has shown over the last two years has really impressed me and gives me confidence for the future. It’s a great group of people who are hungry for success and want to keep improving year-on-year.

“I think we have the important things in place going forward and I want to continue growing with this team as we move even further up the grid.”

Dr Mallya has admitted to being a huge fan of Hulkenberg, and he was obviously delighted to tie him down to an extended contract, and hopes to provide the twenty-eight-year-old a car to match his talents.

“I make no secret of being one of Nico’s biggest fans and so it’s fantastic to confirm him as our driver for the next couple of seasons,” said Mallya.

“He has spent almost four years with us already and in that time we’ve seen him develop into one of the best racing drivers in the world.

“Nico has the speed, the technical knowledge and the maturity to help us achieve some great results in the years ahead. We will do everything we can to continue delivering a car to match his talent.”