Force India once talked about getting an Indian racer in one of their cars but it won’t happen next year: they’ve decided to start 2010 with the same two drivers they ended 2009 with.
Adrian Sutil will start his fourth season as an F1 racer and continue his run of starting every race for Force India.
And Vitantonio Liuzzi will pick up where he left off having started the last five races for the team this year.
Force India are the fifth team to confirm their full line-up for next year, joining McLaren, Ferrari, Williams and Red Bull. The latter are the only other team so far to have retained their end-of-2009 driver pairing for next year.
Liuzzi had been tipped to race for the team in 2010 even before he took Giancarlo Fisichella’s place following this year’s Belgian Grand Prix.
So far Liuzzi is the only Italian driver confirmed on the grid for next year, with Fisichella confined to a Ferrari test role and Jarno Trulli facing life without Toyota. But Trulli is rumoured to be considering a drive at Lotus.
Sutil is the fifth German driver to be confirmed on the 2010 grid. The only German driver on the grid this year not yet confirmed for 2010 is Nick Heidfeld, who is tipped to join Nico Rosberg at Mercedes.
Have Force India picked the best line-up available to them? Does it matter if they don’t put an Indian driver in their car? Have your say in the comments.
Sutil and Liuzzi stay at Force India