Force India Hold On To Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil For 2009

Adam PooleAnalyst IOctober 17, 2008

Force India's owner, Vijay Mallya, has today announced his intention to keep hold of Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil for their 2009 campaign.

The Indian billionaire has long been hinting that he would like to hold on to the pair, but in today's press conference he covered over any doubts and confirmed the securing.

"I have made it really clear that I am quite happy with Adrian and Giancarlo and they will continue with us in 2009."

Prior to this announcement it was though that Paul Di Resta, a Scottish Mercedes DTM driver, might land a seat with the team as a final stitch in the Force India and Mercedes technical partnership.

After today's news there will obviously now be no race seat vacant next year, however, Mallya confirmed that he was in talks with both Mercedes and Ferrari concerning the supply of a complete drive-train for his cars for next year's season.

“I have been in discussion with Mercedes as well as with my current suppliers, Ferrari, because I have decided that we want a complete drive-train which includes the most important KERS package,” Mallya said.

Now that the team has some stability, will either of their drivers be able to score Force India's first points of the season in the concluding races of the season.