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Force India enters GP2 with Hilmer

ESPN Staff
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Force India has announced Hilmer Motorsport will be its official GP2 team this year and will run in the F1 team's colours.

The partnership is an expansion of Force India's young driver programme and will see Facu Regalia and Daniel Abt race next year.

"As a team we've always placed great emphasis on nurturing young drivers so I'm delighted to announce our partnership with a GP2 team," Force India team principal Vijay Mallya said. "It's the logical next step as we look to bring through the next generation of drivers and provide them with the opportunity to showcase their talent.

"Our presence in GP2 moves us closer to having a holistic development programme to school drivers from grassroots karting to the higher echelons of professional motorsport."

Ragalia comes to GP2 after finishing as runner-up to Daniil Kvyat in GP3 last year, while Abt will enter his second season in GP2 after a year with ART in 2013.

"We are very happy about the collaboration between Hilmer Motorsport and Sahara Force India Formula One Team," said Franz Hilmer, team principal. "I've had an association with Sahara Force India for ten years and we are looking forward to working together on a sporting level going forward. With Facu Regalia and Daniel Abt we have two very talented young drivers with the potential to progress to Formula One. We will do our best to support them on their way to the pinnacle of motor racing."