Just one year after Nico Hulkenberg said his goodbye’s to the Force India team, the German is back and raring to go for the 2014 season.
Hulkenberg officially rejoined the team on the 3rd December from Sauber, having spent the 2011 and 2012 season with the constructors, and is now expected to partner either Paul Di Resta or Adrian Sutil next year.
The 26-year-old, who finished 10th in last year’s final Drivers Standings, has already built up a strong working relationship and will look to complete a smooth transition as the team moves into the new era of Formula One.
Dr Vijay Mallya, Team Principal and Managing Director of Force India, was glad to see Hulkenberg ‘back onboard’ and is excited for the new season.
He said: “I’m delighted to see Nico back with Sahara Force India. When he drove for us in 2012, it became clear Nico was an exceptional talent and he has continued to impress everyone in the paddock with his strong performances this season.
“Having Nico in our line-up is a real statement of intent and a huge boost for everyone associated with the team. We have high hopes and expectations for 2014 and by signing Nico we have put ourselves in the best position to achieve those objectives and enjoy what could be our most competitive season yet.
Speaking after signing the deal, Hulkenberg said he was ‘happy to be back’.
“The team is aiming high for next year and I believe that the experience I have gained over the years will help us achieve those goals,” he said.
“I genuinely believe we can have a competitive package in 2014. I’ve heard a lot of positive things about the Mercedes engine as well, so I think there is a lot to be excited about for next year.
“I know this team and I can see their determination; it’s a great bunch of people and we all share the same hunger for success.”