• 2011 Season

Force India for Hulkenberg?

ESPNF1 Staff
November 16, 2010 « HRT 'surprised' as Toyota pulls plug on deal | »

Force India has emerged as Nico Hulkenberg's best chance to stay in Formula One next year after Williams announced they would not be retaining him in 2011.

Hulkenberg's manager Willi Weber revealed: "I am negotiating with other teams. Nico will have his seat in F1 in 2011. He has to stay in Formula One. He is the next biggest hope for Germany after Vettel and Rosberg."

Auto Motor und Sport named Force India as the best option, with Adrian Sutil considering a seat elsewhere and Tonio Liuzzi's future uncertain despite his possession of a 2011 contract. Hulkenberg "requires far less salary than Sutil, but he brings far less sponsor money", the paper noted.

Another race seat might be open at Renault, but the latest speculation is that the Russian rookie Vitaly Petrov has done enough to justify the place alongside his sponsors. And Spain's El Mundo reports that the Russian government might add to Petrov's 2011 coffers in the light of the deal for a Russian Grand Prix.

"Soon we will know what we are going to do," Petrov told the Guardian newspaper. "We have been going forwards, forwards, forwards, everything going in the right way."