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Paul di Resta in Liuzzi out at Force India

After months of speculation Force India have finally announced their 2011 driver line-up. As expected Adrian Sutil will continue with the team for a fifth consecutive season, whilst Paul di Resta will replace Vitantonio Liuzzi to race alongside the German driver, to make his Formula One race debut. The announcement was made at a press conference held in di Resta home town of Glasgow. The 24-year-old Scot joined the team after an impressive test in late 2009 and participated in eight free practice sessions in 2010 as Force India's reserve driver. Nico Hulkenberg will complete the line-up to join Force India as their test and reserve driver as part of a long-term partnership with the Silverstone-based team. In a statement the team explain that "Nico's strong performances in the junior formulae and his impressive rookie form in last year's F1 championship, including a sensational pole position in Brazil, marked him out as a star of the future and the team was delighted to secure his services as test and reserve driver." Dr Vijay Mallya, chairman and team principal of Force India F1 Team, spoke about the driver line-up for 2011 saying 'I am genuinely excited by the drivers we will be fielding in 2011. I believe that the combination of talent we've assembled gives us one of the strongest line-ups on the grid: Adrian has matured into one of F1's most consistent and highly-rated young drivers, while Paul is, I believe, a real star of the future. He has won in every category in his career and this base speed was in evidence when he got in the car on Fridays last year. With Nico, signing him was too good an opportunity to let by. He showed a good racing head and talent and I was amazed by his control in Brazil last year. Together I think they are a formidable partnership and will help take us to the next level of performance.' Adrian Sutil, who enjoyed his most successful season in F1 last year, after securing 47 points to help Force India secure seventh position in the constructors' championship, added: 'I made my F1 debut with the team back in 2007 and we've worked together since then, so to stay for another year here feels very right. I've always said that I feel good in this team, it feels like family and when you feel good, you are confident and can push to your maximum. We've made some good progress together over the past four years and I'm excited to be part of the the team when it takes the next step, which is hopefully to become a front running team. We have the same ambitions so it makes a lot of sense to achieve them together.' Paul di Resta added, 'Naturally I am thrilled to be making my race debut this season. Becoming an F1 driver has been a long-held ambition of mine, something I've wanted to do since I first stepped into a kart, and to finally realise it feels amazing. I've worked really hard for this opportunity throughout my career and to get it with Force India, a young team that's got ambitions as big as mine, is genuinely exciting. I can't wait to be on the grid in Bahrain, it can't come soon enough.' Nico Hülkenberg said, 'I am happy I can stay in F1 in 2011. I am looking forward to working with Force India and I am sure the team will continue improving in the future. I appreciate the team trusting me by signing a long-term contract. I will do my very best to live up to expectations.

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