Force India keep Sutil and Liuzzi for 2010

Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi keep their Force India drives for 2010

Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi keep their Force India drives for 2010

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

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28 comments on Force India keep Sutil and Liuzzi for 2010

  1. sato113 said on 27th November 2009, 22:16

    continue his run of starting every race for Force India

    keith, Sutil drove for Spyker in 2007 (yes i know, same ‘team’)…

  2. Good decision by Force India. The team has made clear progress since their debut season and as Mallya has said the stability of the same drivers wil help them move forward. Liuzzi is fast and just needed a little bit more luck to score some points in his races last season, and Sutil is potentially brilliant but needs to stay out of trouble and getting involved in crashes every race!

    • Ilanin said on 28th November 2009, 14:30

      Well, with Kimi Raikkonen not being on the grid for next year Sutil will at very least have to find somebody else to have accidents with.

      Maybe Trulli.

  3. Mike "the bike" Schumacher said on 27th November 2009, 22:42

    If Air Force 1ndia want to go one better than last year and win than they need better drivers.

  4. Icthyes said on 27th November 2009, 23:34

    I hope FI build on this year’s success and whilst they need better drivers, 2010 could be the year to attract them.

  5. Raceaddict said on 27th November 2009, 23:51

    F. India will do quite well next year methinks…

  6. F. India dose not need to put an Indian driver in anymore than USF1 needs to put an American in. What they need is the best driver they can get.

    • Isn’t it ironic that the Indian team is testing an American driver next month….anyone think Chandhok is lined up for a USF1 seat? ;)

  7. wasiF1 said on 28th November 2009, 0:21

    Good to see that Force India had kept their faith on the same driver’s line up.

  8. No point putting an Indian in if he’s not they’re best available option. I also think Liuzzi was too hastily dropped by torro rosso and deserves another a shot at a full season.

    • David said on 28th November 2009, 8:10

      Agree Jim.
      I think this is a key season for Tonio: he made some great races in the past, now he has again the chance to show his value through a whole season.

  9. Ashok said on 28th November 2009, 0:59

    Good that they have the same driver now they can concerate on the 2010 car

  10. No, it doesn’t matter if an Indian is in the car or not. And yes!…FI will create stability and continuety by retaining the same drivers. Good decision on VJM’s part. They won’t win the WC next season, but they will score points regularly. (My prediction)

  11. manatcna said on 28th November 2009, 1:36

    They should get some points next year – hopefully more than five – but if they do, I reckon they’ll all come from Sutil

    My prediction

  12. John H said on 28th November 2009, 3:03

    Force India will score 15 points next year.

  13. Keith, no mention of Paul di Resta or JR Hildebrand testing for Force India in December?

    F1 fans are well aware of di Resta, and with very good reason, but Hildebrand is going to show what he can do…and many of you may be quite a bit suprised ;)

  14. I think Force India have Better car compared to this year.

    This is what Adrian Sutil said after confirmation of the news
    “Next season I want to be in the points on a regular basis, maybe even challenging for the podium, and the team has exactly the same goals.”
    “We are going massively in the right direction so with our combined energies I’m confident we can achieve even more than last season.”

    So I hope we will have another team consistently fighting in the midfield for pts.

  15. It is good for stability at the team to have kept Sutil and Liuzzi.

    It could be a key year for both drivers as Liuzzi will be out to prove that Toro Rosso dropped him too quickly and for Sutil it will be his fourth season in F1 and he will have to start delivering on the potential which some people think he has if he wants a chance with a top team, and cut out some of the mistakes he has been criticised for this year.

    As for Force India it will be the second year of their technical partnership with McLaren, I think they should do better overall than this year points wise but a pole and genuinely challenging for a victory again may be unlikely.

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