German Formula 1 driver Adrian Sutil, who was with Force India since the made came in Formula 1, got axed by the Silverstone based team for the 2012 season. The team named Paul Di Resta in their lineup for next season. The Scot spent a very impressive rookie season last year with Force India. He will be partnered by Nico Hulkenberg, who was with the Indian owned team as a reserve driver.
Vijay Mallya, the Managing Director and Team Principal of Sahara Force India said, “I am delighted to present our line-up for the 2012 season. In Paul and Nico we have two extremely talented drivers with tremendous potential.
“I think Paul caught the eye of everybody in the pit lane during his rookie season. His speed, maturity and racecraft confirmed that we were right to believe in him and we look forward to working with him again next year.
“As for Nico, we identified him as a rising star at the end of 2010 and chose to evaluate him during the course of this season. Despite having only limited time in the car, he convinced us that he deserved a race seat for 2012.
Vijay Mallya also praised Sutil for his contribution for the team over the years. He told, “He has been an integral part of our success over the past four seasons and we wish him well for the future.”
Di Resta, who is looking forward to the next season, said he love to be a part of a team that is ambitious, hungry for success.
“I’m really excited about 2012 and there is a real sense of belief that we can continue to push the top teams and take another step forward. I’d also like to thank the team for all their hard work this year and for all the support they’ve given me.” added Di Resta.
Hulkenberg, who was reasonably delighted, told “I’m obviously delighted to be staying with Sahara Force India and to be given the chance to race next year.”
“I’m extremely motivated for 2012 and would like to thank everyone for believing in me and giving me this chance.” added the newly recruited driver.