Force India delay decision

  • By: Pete Gill
  • Last Updated: November 13 2012, 12:53 GMT

Force India remain in no rush to announce their driver line-up for next season, although team owner Vijay Mallya has confirmed that a short-list has been compiled to identity Nico Hulkenberg's replacement.

The wait goes on to learn who will partner Paul di Resta

While Paul di Resta is under contract to drive for the team for a third successive year in 2013, the team have a vacancy to fill following Nico Hulkenberg's decision to join Sauber as a replacement for the McLaren-bound Sergio Perez.

However, an announcement may still be weeks away with Mallya confirming: "We have traditionally waited until the end of the season to confirm our line-up and I expect we will stick to this schedule.

"With the state of the driver market at the moment there is no rush to make an announcement. We have a shortlist and will take our time to make sure we have the fastest drivers available in our cars next season."

A number of drivers remain in the frame to succeed Hulkenberg, including Adrian Sutil, who drove alongside Di Resta in 2011, and the team's current reserve driver, Jules Bianchi. Another currently-former F1 driver, Jaime Alguersuari, has also been linked with the team, as might Kamui Kobayashi were he to lose his seat at Sauber.


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