Nico Hulkenberg: Force India signs new two-year deal with team

Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg
Nico Hulkenberg began his Formula 1 career at Williams in 2010 but was not retained for the following season

German driver Nico Hulkenberg has signed a new two-year deal with Force India which will keep him at the team until the end of 2017.

The 28-year-old is 12th in the drivers' standings following points finishes in four of the season's 11 races so far.

His highest-placed finish this season was sixth in Austria in June, but did not start in Belgium in August.

"I feel at home here so it made perfect sense," he said before this weekend's Italian Grand Prix in Monza.

"The progress the team has shown over the last two years has impressed me and gives me confidence for the future."

Nico Hulkenberg Twitter
Hulkenberg tweets his reaction to the news that he has signed a new deal with Force India

Hulkenberg began racing for Force India in 2012, before moving to Sauber for 12 months. He then rejoined the Silverstone-based team in 2014.

"I think we have the important things in place going forward and I want to continue growing with this team as we move even further up the grid," the Le Mans 24 Hours winner added.