Force India teams up with Hilmer Motorsport in GP2
Hilmer will run Facu Regalia and Daniel Abt in the feeder series this year, with both cars carrying Force India’s distinctive new livery. The tie-up expands on the success of the Silverstone-based outfit’s reserve driver programme and “One From A Billion” scheme.
“As a team we’ve always placed great emphasis on nurturing young drivers so I’m delighted to announce our partnership with a GP2 team,” said team principal Vijay Mallya.
“It’s the logical next step as we look to bring through the next generation of drivers and provide them with the opportunity to showcase their talent. Our presence in GP2 moves us closer to having a holistic development programme to school drivers from grassroots karting to the higher echelons of professional motorsport.”
Hilmer Motorsport debuted in GP2 last season. Team principal and managing director Franz Hilmer said on the announcement: “We are very happy about the collaboration between Hilmer Motorsport and Sahara Force India Formula One Team. I’ve had an association with Sahara Force India for ten years and we are looking forward to working together on a sporting level going forward.
“With Facu Regalia and Daniel Abt we have two very talented young drivers with the potential to progress to Formula One. We will do our best to support them on their way to the pinnacle of motor racing.”
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