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Force India to announce drivers at end of season

ESPN Staff
November 12, 2012 « Teams get extra tyres for COTA | HRT put up for sale by owners Thesan Capital »
Force India has lost Nico Hulkenberg to Sauber but is expected to retain Paul di Resta © Press Association

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya says the team will announce its driver line-up for 2013 at the end of the season.

Nico Hulkenberg has already been confirmed at Sauber for next year, with Paul di Resta believed to already have signed a deal to remain with Force India. That leaves a second seat open, but with complete line-ups still to be confirmed at Lotus, Sauber, Williams, Caterham, Marussia and HRT, Mallya is in no hurry to announce his own pairing.

"We have traditionally waited until the end of the season to confirm our line-up and I expect we will stick to this schedule," Mallya said. "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."

With the United States Grand Prix this weekend marking Force India's first visit to America, Mallya said it was crucial for the teams to race in the US due to sponsors and partners.

"It's such an important market for the teams and the brands associated with the sport so it's a very welcome return to the calendar. It will be the first time Sahara Force India has raced on American soil and the whole team is excited to be going there. Visiting a new venue always presents us with new challenges, but from what I've heard we can expect a first class facility. As for the city, Austin is a friendly place with good hospitality and I'm sure we will receive a very warm welcome."