Nico Hulkenberg will be allowed to terminate his contract with Force India should a top team come calling, according to team’s deputy chief Bob Fernley.
Last season, Hulkenberg signed a two-year contract with Force India through to the end of 2017. Considering the German driver has been repetitively linked with a top drive, many were surprised by the duration of the deal.
But Fernley insists his outfit will not stand in Hulkenberg’s way if a championship-winning squad comes up with an offer that does justice to his talent.
"Nico signing for another two years was all about continuity from our side, to be able to keep a team together that is obviously now a successful partnership," said Fernley.
"That's where we want to stay with it, but does that mean if an offer came through from a championship-winning team it wouldn't be considered? I'm sure Vijay [Mallya] would use the same foresight and vision as he did for the Le Mans decision."
Earlier this year, Force India allowed Hulkenberg to race at Le Mans with Porsche - a move that won them plenty of plaudits. And the German duly seized the opportunity, taking outright victory with teammates Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber.
by Rachit Thukral