Connect with us

2017 F1

Force India admits Felipe Nasr on 2017 F1 shortlist

Published

on

Force India admits Nasr on 2017 F1 shortlist

Force India admits Nasr on 2017 F1 shortlist

Force India has hit back at suggestions the team has already decided the identity of Sergio Perez’s teammate for 2017.

With Nico Hulkenberg heading to Renault, reports early this week suggested the Silverstone based team has now inked a deal with Esteban Ocon.

Frenchman Ocon, 20, is obviously a contender thanks to his ties to engine supplier Mercedes, but Force India deputy Bob Fernley says a decision has not been taken.

“There is a long list of candidates,” he told Brazil’s Globo.

Indeed, a key player on the 2017 market is Felipe Nasr, who would come with substantial backing from Banco do Brasil and the specific support of F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

Globo said Fernley, team boss Vijay Mallya and other key Force India figures will sit down to discuss the 2017 selection this week.

“Felipe Nasr is on the list,” Fernley confirmed. “Vijay, myself, Andrew Green and Otmar Szafnauer will analyse the names one by one.

“We will all give our opinion about who we think is the best package. They should be fast, experienced and help the group to grow,” he explained.

“We are seeking a consensus solution, which doesn’t always happen in the first meeting. Personally, I don’t think we will decide the other driver straight away.”

Technical boss Green also told Globo that current Sauber driver Nasr is in the running, but so too is “everyone who is out of contract”.

“We are fourth in the constructors’ championship with one of the smallest budgets in F1,” he boasted.

Also on the list is the well-backed Jolyon Palmer, whose father Jonathan is among the best connected officials in British motor racing.

“He’d love to continue with Renault, he’s put a lot into it this year, he’s very bullish and enthusiastic about it,” Palmer snr told The Sun newspaper.

“But if that doesn’t happen, then of course there’s no doubt Force India is a great team. So that’s certainly something that we are pursuing,” he admitted.

The others on the list are Kevin Magnussen and the powerfully sponsored Esteban Gutierrez and Marcus Ericsson, while Mercedes’ other junior Pascal Wehrlein is understood to not be rated highly by Force India engineers.

Another dark horse for the seat is GP2 leader Antonio Giovinazzi, but Force India’s Green played down the likelihood of a rookie being signed for 2017.

“I prefer drivers with some experience in F1, especially with the new regulations for 2017,” he said.

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F15 mins ago

Sirotkin reveals his biggest problem with Williams’ 2018 car

Sergey Sirotkin has given more details about his biggest problem with Williams’ 2018 car. While the car is obviously uncompetitive,...

2018 F11 hour ago

F1 eyes 20-year deal for Miami Grand Prix

Yet another meeting could finally mean the green light for a grand prix in Miami. We have reported that Liberty...

2018 F11 day ago

Raikkonen could return to Sauber F1 for 2019

344SharesThe signs are growing ever stronger that Ferrari will have a new driver in 2019. Kimi Raikkonen admits that it...

2018 F11 day ago

Red Bull encourages Honda power to prepare for 2019 F1

1ShareRed Bull is encouraging Toro Rosso and Honda to help the senior energy drink-owned team prepare for 2019. Honda already...

2018 F11 day ago

Hamilton and Vettel Battling For The F1 Title

254SharesThe British Grand Prix at Silverstone is one that Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have dominated for years and that trend...

2018 F15 days ago

Can Red Bull Challenge Mercedes And Ferrari?

24SharesSo, things didn’t exactly go to plan for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes at Silverstone as the Brit made a disastrous...

2018 F15 days ago

Liberty working on securing future of British GP – Brawn

5SharesRoss Brawn says Liberty Media is working on securing the future of the British grand prix. Silverstone owner the BRDC...

2018 F15 days ago

Grosjean form ‘unacceptable’ – Haas F1

1ShareGunther Steiner says a “critical moment” could come amid his patience with struggling Haas driver Romain Grosjean. Frenchman Grosjean has...

2018 F15 days ago

No ‘negotiations’ with Raikkonen yet – McLaren

36Shares Zak Brown says McLaren has not yet opened contract talks with former team driver Kimi Raikkonen. It is rumoured in...

2018 F15 days ago

Wolff wants Hamilton beyond 2020

660SharesToto Wolff has revealed he wants to keep Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes even beyond 2020. Although not yet announced, it...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media