Force India could take time over second driver

Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:30pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Force India could take weeks to decide who partners Mexican Sergio Perez next season, deputy principal Bob Fernley said on Friday.

The British-based Formula One team have one of the most desirable seats remaining on the grid after Germany's Nico Hulkenberg decided to leave for Renault.

There is no shortage of candidates but Fernley told reporters at the Mexican Grand Prix that there was no deadline either.

"It’s (co-owner and principal) Vijay (Mallya)’s decision and we’ll start those discussions probably when we get back next week," he said.

"I think we’ll take our time, have a look at what offers are on the table, Vijay will make his decision and then we’ll announce it."

Pressed further, he said it could be "next week or the week after or even the week after that."

Force India are currently fourth in the constructors' standings with three races remaining, including Mexico, and on course for their best ever performance.

Renault drivers Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer have both been linked to Force India if they are not kept on as Hulkenberg's future team mate.   Continued...