Adrian Sutil Paul di Resta Nico Hulkenberg Vitantonio Liuzzi

The mystery surrounding the identity of Force India’s drivers for the 2011 season is set to be concluded soon, according to team owner Vijay Mallya.

It is widely expected that Vitantonio Liuzzi will be dumped from the squad (despite apparently having a secure contract for 2011) and replaced by Paul di Resta, while Adrian Sutil will remain on the payroll for another season.

Williams outcast Nico Hülkenberg is believed to be joining the team as its Friday test driver, and his manager Willi Weber hinted as such in an earlier interview with the German media.

Mallya has told the BBC that the announcement will come “in the next few days”, as soon as “some loose legal ends are tied up”.

Do we assume that “loose legal ends” translates to a meeting with the Contract Recognition Board, or a visit to the bank to draw up a very large cheque to be made in the name of one ‘V Liuzzi’?

[Original images via AUTOSPORT, LAT, Sutton Images, XPB]

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