Hulkenberg rejoins Force India

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Nico Hulkenberg will return to Silverstone-based Sahara Force India for the 2014 F1 World Championship after agreeing a multi-year deal, writes James Beckett.

The 26-year-old German spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons with the team, and the strong working relationship will ensure a smooth transition as the team moves into the new turbocharged era of Formula One.

Dr Vijay Mallya, team principal of Force India, said: “I’m delighted to see Nico back with Force India.

“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.

“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.”

Hulkenberg added: “I am happy to come back to Force India. The team is aiming high for next year and I believe the experience I have gained over the years will help us achieve those goals.

“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. 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.”

Hulkenberg is expected to be joined by former McLaren driver Sergio Perez, with Paul di Resta set to lose his place in F1 and head across the Atlantic to drive in the 2014 IndyCar series.