Force India to decide 2012 lineup before Interlagos

Nico Hulkenberg on Thursday confirmed rumours his Force India colleagues have been asked to wait longer on the team’s decision about 2012.

Boss Vijay Mallya hinted this week that, despite scheduling an earlier Abu Dhabi decision about next year’s lineup, he is yet to decide which driver out of Hulkenberg, Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta will be left in the cold. Speculation remains rife, however, that Scot di Resta will be paired alongside German Hulkenberg.

“We don’t know,” Hulkenberg, 24, is quoted by the SID news agency as saying in Abu Dhabi. “The latest news is (the decision will be made) between the races.”

He is referring to the forthcoming two week break between this weekend’s Abu Dhabi round and the season ending Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos. According to the paddock grapevine, Hulkenberg’s countryman Sutil needs to be looking hard for another job.

He said on Thursday: “I am 100 per cent confident that next year I will be in F1. It’s not right (to say) that Force India will decide my future.”

Sutil would not comment on his reported links with Williams, saying only: “I am assuming that my future will be clarified soon.”


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