With the overnight announcement that Nico Hülkenberg won’t be staying on at Williams next season, Force India remains the German’s most competitive options of the available racing seats for the 2011 season.
The 23-year-old – who only last fortnight secured the team’s first pole position in four years – has been cast aside by Williams as the Grove squad looks set to welcome GP2 champion Pastor Maldonado
and his sponsorship money for the 2011 season.
Hülkenberg’s manager, Willi Weber, likened his young charge to “the next biggest hope for Germany after [Sebastian] Vettel and [Nico] Rosberg”, and added that more news about the prospects of his client would be forthcoming in the next “one or two weeks”.
“I am negotiating with other teams. Nico will have his seat in F1 in 2011,” he told the SID news agency.
While our sources are telling us that Hülkenberg might be off to Hispania Racing – which by all accounts could become something of a Williams ‘B’ team – Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport is suggesting that the young German could be off to Force India.
The Vijay Mallya owned squad hasn’t confirmed either Adrian Sutil or Vitantonio Liuzzi in its line-up for 2011, with the former still rumoured to be sniffing around for a drive at Renault next year, and the latter seemingly having run out of support to be retained beyond this year.
The article noted that Hülkenberg “requires far less salary than Sutil, but [conversely] he brings far less sponsor money”.
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