Force India have confirmed that Nico Hulkenberg will rejoin the team from 2014, in a new multi deal announced on Tuesday.
Hulkenberg drove for Force India in 2012 before moving to Sauber in 2013. The German was in running for a seat at Lotus for 2014 but financial problems at the Enstone based squad forced the team to hire pay driver Pastor Maldonado.
"I am happy to come back to Force India. The team is aiming high for next year and I believe that the experience I have gained over the years will help us achieve those goals.” Hulkenberg said for the official press release.
"I genuinely believe we can have a competitive package in 2014. I've heard a lot of positive things about the Mercedes engine as well, so I think there is a lot to be excited about for next year. I know this team and I can see their determination; it's a great bunch of people and we all share the same hunger for success." he added.
Team principal Vijay Mallya was happy to re-sign the talented German whose performances have been appreciated by everyone in the paddock.
"When he drove for us in 2012, it became clear Nico was an exceptional talent and he has continued to impress everyone in the paddock with his strong performances this season.”
"Having Nico in our line-up is a real statement of intent and a huge boost for everyone associated with the team.
"We have high hopes and expectations for 2014 and by signing Nico we have put ourselves in the best position to achieve those objectives and enjoy what could be our most competitive season yet."
However, nothing was stated about the driver who will team up with Hulkenberg at the Silverstone based squad. Rumours suggest that seat will be taken by Sergio Perez, leaving both the 2013 runners at Force India in hunt for a drive next season. Adrian Sutil is expected to take Hulkenberg’s seat at Sauber while the situation isn’t as good for Paul di Resta who might have to look outside of Formula 1.