The market for pilots is still noticeably agitated because, despite the confirmation of the future of drivers like Felipe Massa, Jenson Button and Stoffel Vandoorne at the beginning of the month of September, many other teams are still without announcing their pilots to 2017, despite the fact that they had the intention of having it done already.
Is the case of Force India, although the team continues to deny the need to do so. Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Perez have, according to the team, contract with Force India but, in the case of mexico, it is known that a clause in your contract allows you to change your team if you so wish. “we don’t have to announce our drivers for next season, just as Mercedes had to announce that Hamilton would always be with them in 2017. We contract with Hülkenberg and Perez”, said Olmar Szafnauer, Director of operations for the team in Sepang.
The case of Nico Hülkenberg is, a priori, much more clear and it seems certain that the German rider will continue in Force India for one more year, but the latest rumors in the paddock placed him as the target of Renault, which has so far not succeeded to convince one of its priority goals: Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez or Valtteri Bottas. In any case, Hülkenberg denied it to the press, reaffirming his commitment to the team to which it belongs since 2012 -with the exception of the 2013 season in which he raced for Sauber-. “there is nothing to say. From what I know, Czech and I will be with Force India next year “, said Nico on the day prior to the start of the Malaysian Grand Prix.