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Posted By: Justin Hynes  |  22 Nov 2014   |  4:13 pm GMT  |  13 comments

Force India have finally confirmed that Sergio Perez will race for the team next year and beyond, leaving the team with an unchanged line-up next year. Nico Hulkenberg was confirmed as a 2015 driver with the Silverstone squad in the run-up to the US Grand Prix.

After scoring points with 10th place on his debut with the team in Australia at the start of this season, Perez took a podium finish for the team in Bahrain and since then has finished in the points a further nine times. He is currently 12th in the Drivers’ Championship standings with 47 points, 33 behind ninth-placed Hulkenberg.

The Mexican’s contract negotiations with Force India have dragged on for some time and the former McLaren and Sauber driver said it was at last “good to announce my plans” for the future.

“As soon as I joined Sahara Force India, I noticed the hunger and determination of everyone in the team, and I’m very proud to be part of that,” he said. “I feel at home here and I’m fully committed. I’m enjoying my racing and we’ve already celebrated some special results together. It’s important for me to establish myself in a team and have some continuity. The team have given me a competitive car this year and I believe we can continue to achieve great things together in the future.”

Team Principal Vijay Mallya added: “I am delighted that Checo will continue with us. He’s a true racer who has done a fantastic job for us this season. The whole team has been impressed with his speed and racecraft, as well as his role away from the track. He has a very bright future in Formula One and we will do our utmost to give him the equipment to match his talent. I look forward to celebrating more strong results with Checo this year and in years to come, and I cannot wait for Checo’s first home Grand Prix in Mexico in front of his huge following of passionate fans.”

 

 

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There very lucky they have managed to keep Hulkenberg locked down thats the biggest trick Ferrari have missed in the driver market movement for sure, All in all based on everything going on inc there current state the team couldnt dream of a better situation still question the shipping out of Paul though!

2

Well, at the very least FI have identified the problems with the chassis and know where they went wrong with aero, so that’s promising. Combine that with these two drivers, who, while maybe not the sure fire future superstars that Kvyet, Bottas, and likely Verstappen (I have to believe he is at least as talented as the other two to be getting the shot he is being handed) will be, but they’re certainly proven points scoring, consistent, and if in an odd season things fell just right could be challengers for the DWC, and FIs total willingness to spend absolutely whatever they can to be competitive and drive to be at the front and Force India could quickly become a force to be reckoned with. No pun intended. If they get a handle on their chassis faults, and correct them most proficiently for next year, I could see them challenging Williams as the second Merc powered squad for sure, and maybe making a play for the top four.

3

hopefully Force India can bounce back the car in 2015 so Hulkenberg and Perez can have another good season.

the pair delivered exceptional results.

Who misses PDR and SUT?

4

Great news indeed

Checo, is certainly one of the bright talent in the F1 Grid and deserves a race seat for 2015. However Perez need to start scoring more points and better his team-mate hulkenburg himself is a very good pilot as well

A Perez and Hulkenburg partnership is very promising indeed. Force India has to come up with better package in 2015

5

James in your opinion why are McLaren waiting so long to announce there 2015 line up?

6

Ron showing who’s in charge..

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Darrin from Canada

Any suggestions on how to remove coffee from ones nose? lol

Just like to take the opportunity to thank you and your team for your FP2 show, please tell me we can expect you back next year?

I trust you will be enjoying your superyacht party while Alan enjoys less glamourous duties.

8

Perez has earned a continuance in F1, by on track performance; Hulkenburg is a fine benchmark!

9

Wow. Perez will be chuffed that he is the top story on the day that Nico outqualifies Lewis on the eve of the championship climax.

Ron Dennis was talking cryptically today about McLaren choosing from a possible FOUR, not just three drivers. But this story must mean that at least Perez is not one of the 4.

10

I picked up on Ron talking about ‘we will now more after Sunday night’. Gets you thinking is Lewis about to jump and Alonso be left on the sidelines. Or is the 4th driver the other young guy, sorry forget his name, vandoorn ??.

With Merc springing a clause on Bottas contract to grab him and parner Nico in the #1 car….

11

Would that it meant that both Button and Magnussen are out of the team? Provided that Alonso is one of the four, who could be the other one? Hamilton surprisingly coming back with the “1”??????

12

Force India were probably waiting to see if McLaren wanted to place Magnussen with them – maybe they couldn’t wait any longer and decided to continue with Checo, or maybe they have advance notice that Magnussen is staying with McLaren and Button is out.

13

Read “Dr Vijay Mallya is happy to announce that Checo’s sponsor cheque cleared the bank yesterday so we are delighted to confirm our driver line-up”.

PS: Finbarr, Not today please, I’ll return your call after Melbourne.

Andrew

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