Have a tough decision to make on drivers: Mallya

Last Updated: Oct 30, 2011, 21:09 PM IST

Greater Noida: Sahara Force India`s team principal Vijay Mallya said Sunday that it would be tough for him to decide his driver`s line-up for the 2012 season.

Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta are eager to learn their future with the Silverstone-based team and this prompted Mallya to say that he would announce his team in two week`s time before the next race in Abu Dhabi.

"Regarding my decision about the 2012 drivers, I have said this week that I will give an answer to the drivers before the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. I already have three excellent drivers, who are all in the running, and the decision ahead will not be an easy one," said Mallya, after Sutil`s ninth place finish at the Sunday race here earned points for the team.

Di Resta, who made an impressive debut in 2011, is likely to retain his seat along with test driver Nico Hulkenberg. Di Resta has also been hailed as the season`s most impressive rookie.

The 28-year-old Sutil, who has driven for the team since it was known as Midland in 2006, also has a strong possibility to be retained because of the sponsorship money he brings with him. Sutil has also been linked with a move to the struggling Williams team.

Mallya, however, said that he doesn`t need a paid driver. But Sutil is confident of racing next season in Formula One regardless of Mallya`s decision.

IANS