All change at Force India as Perez joins Hulkenberg

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Sergio Perez, Vijay Mallya, Force India, 2013Force India have confirmed Sergio Perez will race for them in 2014 after signing a “multi-year deal” with the former McLaren driver.

Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya said he was “very impressed with his recent performances”.

“He already has several podium finishes to his name and being chosen by McLaren last year was a clear indication that he is a driver to watch for the future,” Mallya added.

Perez will partner Nico Hulkenberg, whose signing was confirmed earlier this month, as the team changes both its drivers for the new season.

“By pairing Sergio alongside Nico, we enter the new season with an extremely competitive line-up, which will go toward helping us achieve our goals for the new season,” said Mallya.

“Coming here was always my first choice and I’m really happy everything has now been confirmed,” said Perez.

“This is a young team with a lot of determination and they’ve produced competitive cars for the last few years. It’s all change for next season with the new regulations, but I already have a good feeling about 2014.”

The news means both Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil have lost their seats.

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137 comments on All change at Force India as Perez joins Hulkenberg

  1. Ben (@scuderia29) said on 13th December 2013, 0:21

    heres a question for everyone, if you were the boss at mclaren, would you rather have the confirmed line-up of Maggnussen & Button, or Force indias confirmed line-up of Perez and Hulkenberg? presumably thats a line up Mclaren could have made happen, i know which pairing i think is stronger

  2. Di Resta and Sutil were a great combonation. I don’t even know why Force India took in Perez, he’s a pay driver, just like Maldanado, always has to buy his way in. There is some good talent going to waste all because of this stupid trend. I think it is all rubbish and that anyone who has to buy their way into something that you have to work for shouldn’t be allowed to compete. But on the flip side, Hulkenburg is a good driver with a thing called “talent”, so he deserves a drive somewhere like Force India, or even a higher up team like Ferrari or McLaren

    • Last time I checked Perez had more podiums than Hulk, or Di Resta or Sutil, what are you talking about?

      • Exactly, @Tur
        @Kiefer Hopkins, you are wrong!
        I dislike Di Resta but I still hoped he would get the Sauber seat, same for Sutil but really FI can’t afford a pair of mediocre low-points scorers.
        FI have done a great thing here, a driver with great potential and a driver with some potential and a lot of cash!

  3. Nickpkr251 said on 13th December 2013, 6:46

    It just occur to me that Perez and Hulk are getting the seat Martin Mclaren was seeking for Magnussen, thumbs up for Vijay calling his own shots, it actually manage to reverse the line up with Mclaren…I mean if this line up is mouth dripping good for any team !
    Hope Mercedes engine is much faster than renault !

  4. Nimba (@nimba) said on 13th December 2013, 7:10

    Force India maintains their record of never entering an F1 season without a German Driver

  5. Illusive (@illusive) said on 13th December 2013, 8:33

    Now i hope they change their livery to the official Indian sports colour rather than the tri colour.

  6. Tiago Carvalho (@tiagocomodoro) said on 13th December 2013, 11:59

    It became my favorite team now.
    Very strong line up, hope they can develop a good car to fight for podiums.

    for me, until today, the worst line-up is McLaren…

  7. Think the statement is wrong, should be:

    Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya said he was “very impressed with his financial backing”.

    (I don’t paid drivers is nothing new, but really does annoy me…having said that, must rather see Perez in the seat than moody “never my fault, always the team” Di-Resta)

  8. *know

  9. Great news for FI! A driver like Hulk who has great potential and a driver like
    Checo who has a lot of skill and bags of cash! I really hope they do well!
    Teams I am supporting for 2014:
    Force India,

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