Mallya expects Hulkenberg will stay

Vijay Mallya is "quite confident" that Force India will retain Nico Hulkenberg along with Sergio Perez for next season.

Not for the first time in his career Hulkenberg is being linked to a headline-grabbing move; although this time it is to the other end of the grid.

While in past seasons the German has been rumoured to be off to Ferrari, this time around it is newcomers Haas.

The American squad is reportedly keen on several current drivers with Le Mans winner Hulkenberg the biggest name on the list of candidates.

Mallya, though, believes the 28-year-old will be staying right where he is.

"There is always talk. This paddock is full of gossip," the Force India team owner told GPUpdate.net.

"I am very happy with my drivers. I want to keep them. I think Nico will stay with me. I'm quite confident."

As for his team-mate Perez, the Indian businessman says he is "very happy" with the Mexican driver.

He added: "Sergio is doing a great job.

"I picked him, he didn't have a drive at that time. I watched him at Sauber. McLaren chose him because they must have seen something in his talent. McLaren doesn't pick up just any driver.

"He obviously has the talent. He's shown that with us. We're very happy."

However, as yet nothing is set in stone with Mallya admitting he would be interested in Pascal Wehrlein should either current driver opt not to re-sign.

"Certainly. We're happy to talk," he said when asked about the Mercedes-backed racer.

"There's still a long way to go. Discussions are to take place. They're not off the cuff decisions that are taken. We are interested. Mercedes should be interested as well. Let's see.

"If we can work out something, we'd love to have him."

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