So far the Quantum deal has amounted to nothing and the once hotly sought after seat at Lotus has been filled by heavily sponsored Pastor Maldonado.
After the news broke, it was soon believed that Nico Hulkenberg would indeed re-sign for Force India. Speculation turned into reality, and on Tuesday Force India announced Nico Hulkenberg would rejoin their team.
Talk has now turned to who will fill the vacant seat alongside the young German. The Silverstone-based team are now in a position of having the most desired seat on the grid, so are in a lucky position of being able to choose which driver they want.
It is widely believed that Sergio Perez, who is leaving McLaren, will race alongside Hulkenberg. However, the team are yet to confirm the Mexican driver, perhaps suggesting that their line up has not been finalised.
But one thing which is certain is that at least of one of Force India’s current drivers, either Paul di Resta or Adrian Sutil, will be leaving the team.
So the question is which driver deserves this seat?
Sergio Perez may seem a good choice for the team. In 2012 he scored three podiums for the Sauber team, seemingly outperforming what the car was capable of. This led to McLaren signing him for 2013 to replace Mercedes-bound Lewis Hamilton.
The Mexican driver obviously has talent and his career at Sauber shows this. He also has experience driving for a championship winning team, where he is bound to have learnt a lot from team mate Button.
Although he failed to live up to McLaren’s expectations, he would be a solid choice to partner Hulkenberg next year.
It is debatable whether Force India should retain Sutil again. In his Formula 1 career, he has shown that he is a consistent driver. However, it appears that he is not on the same level as Perez and Hulkenberg.
He has shown flashes of talent, such as in Silverstone this year. But since his comeback he has failed to match team mate Di Resta, suggesting that other drivers may be better suited.
Di Resta has had a solid three years at Force India. He has failed to score a podium, but was clearly the better driver in the team this year, perhaps helped by Sutil’s absence from the sport last year.
He has been overlooked by the top teams for 2013 and 2014, even though many teams have shortlisted him for a drive at their team.
But the Brit clearly has talent. He showed this by winning the DTM championship in 2010, but also by scoring solid points finishes in Formula 1. He has finished fourth and just missed out on the podium twice; in Singapore in 2012 and Bahrain in 2013.
Di Resta does appear to lack consistency, however, especially this year after he suffered five consecutive retirements. The team are bound to not look at this too lightly when deciding his future.
Ultimately it appears that Perez is the best and most likely choice for the second seat at Force India. But as the team failed to announce both drivers when they announced Hulkenberg as a driver, perhaps the decision isn’t a straightforward as this.
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