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Force India won't decide on driver lineup until late December: Vijay Mallya

Modified 20 Nov 2013, 20:34 IST
Vijay Mallya

Vijay Mallya

Force India team Principal Vijay Mallya has said that the he won’t be making a decision on his driver line up of 2014 until late in December.

The team is yet to confirm the stay of their current drivers Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil for next season and despite a string of drivers including Nico Hulkenberg, Pastor Maldonado and Sergio Perez being available, Mallya insisted that he won’t rush into making a decision.

“Everybody knows I make the decision at the last minute – well not the last minute – I make the decision after the Force India Christmas party which means in December. I see no reason to change it. Yes, I have received approaches from other drivers but they all know that decision time will be in December. I would like to think and believe that the Force India race seat is a very desirable seat; it’s not just a seat for the sake of having a seat. So I am not surprised that people have come to me,” Mallya told ESPN.

He refused to comment on the status of Hulkenberg but added that Sutil is highly rated.

“Nothing that I am going to communicate or comment on at this stage. Adrian is a good driver. There must be some good enough reason why they brought him back, isn’t there? I rate him highly,” he said.

Published 20 Nov 2013, 20:34 IST
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