Silverstone-based Force India have confirmed Adrian Sutil as their second driver for the 2013 Formula One season.
The 30-year-old German, who did not race last year following a conviction for grievous bodily harm, will partner young Scottish driver Paul di Resta.
Team boss Vijay Mallya said: “The decision has not been easy. We felt Adrian’s experience and historic links to the team gave him the edge.”
Adrian Sutil said: “I’m delighted to be back in Formula One, especially with a team I know so well.
“I’m very happy and I want to thank Sahara Force India for giving me a second chance. Having been away from the sport, I’m even more determined to achieve my goals in Formula 1.
“It was a difficult few months but I had good people around me who were always helping me.
“Everyone can make mistakes in life. If you never make mistakes you will never grow. I don’t think there is a single person here who never made a mistake.
“My one was maybe a different one and was very public, but the other ones are probably even worse but no one is even talking about it.
“Whenever anyone is doing something wrong, me or someone else, I always give him the opportunity to show that he is still a good person and I will give him a second chance. I see it very similar here.”