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F1: Force India extends Hulkenberg contract till 2015

Silverstone (England): Formula One team Force India confirmed yesterday that they have extended their contract with German driver Nico Hulkenberg till the 2015 season.

Nico Hulkenberg
Nico Hulkenberg 

The 27-year-old German returned to Force India at the start of the 2014 season and has enjoyed his most successful F1 campaign so far with point finishes in 13 races, including four fifth-place finishes.

He is in eighth spot in the driver standings with 76 points behind leader Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (291 points).

Force India are currently sixth in the constructor standings, 123 points behind Mercedes who lead the table with 565 points.

"It's good to confirm my plans for next season. This is a team I know extremely well and we've enjoyed a great year together with some special results. The team has big ambitions and I believe we can have a competitive package once again next year," Nico said in a statement yesterday.

Hungry for success
"We have a strong partner in Mercedes and everyone in the team is motivated and hungry for more success. I have a good feeling for 2015 and there is a lot to be excited about as we try to build on the results we have achieved this year."

Vijay Mallya, team principal and managing director, expressed his delight in keeping the 27-year-old on board. "Everybody in the team is delighted to see Nico remain a Sahara Force India driver for next season. We rate him very highly," Mallya said.

No word on Perez yet
For the moment there is no word on whether the team will also retain Sergio Perez, even though the Mexican has stated in numerous weeks his desire to remain. 

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