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Paul di Resta and Nico Hülkenberg named at Force India // Paul keeps his seat, whilst Nico steps up from reserve driver

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Paul di Resta and Nico Hülkenberg named at Force India
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Dr Vijay Mallya has a reputation for leaving his driver announcements until as late as possible, but we finally know that Paul di Resta will continue at Force India for 2012, to be joined by Nico Hülkenberg. Nico was the team’s test and reserve driver this past season and will make the step up to a full race seat, replacing the outgoing Adrian Sutil.

Mallya has paid tribute to the departing German, saying: “Our new line-up means we say goodbye to Sutil, who has been with the team since we entered the sport. He has been an integral part of our success over the past four seasons and we wish him well for the future.”

Meanwhile, Paul di Resta is glad to have the chance at a second season with Force India saying: “I love being part of this team: they are ambitious, hungry for success and we work well together.”

And Hülkenberg is relieved to no longer be test driver, adding: “It wasn’t easy to watch from the sidelines this season, but I did my best to help the team and show what I was capable of.”