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Sutil and Liuzzi stay with Force India

india Updated: Nov 27, 2009 18:19 IST

The Force India Formula One Team confirmed on Friday that they will retain Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi as their drivers for the 2010 World Championship.

It will be Sutil's fourth season in Formula 1, the 26-year-old German having started his F1 career with Force India's predecessors, Midland, as a test and reserve driver in 2006. He then graduated to a race seat with Spyker in 2007.

This past season he recorded his best-ever F1 finish of fourth at the Italian Grand Prix, also securing his first front row start.

Liuzzi retains his race seat following his move up from the team's test and reserve driver role at Monza this year.

The 28-year-old Italian made his race debut in 2005 with Red Bull Racing and moved to Toro Rosso for 2006 and 2007. In 2008 he became Force India's third driver.

Vijay Mallya, chairman and team principal, commented: "We are very pleased to retain the services of both Adrian and Tonio for another season.

"We have always maintained that consistency is key at this stage in the team's development and for the first time in many years we will have the continuity of not only the same drivers, but also the same engine and senior management.

"With this stability now in place I truly believe we have an excellent platform to build on and move forward on our strong 2009 performance."

Sutil said he was happy to stay with the Indian outfit.

"Next season I want to be in the points on a regular basis, maybe even challenging for the podium, and the team has exactly the same goals," he added.

"We are going massively in the right direction so with our combined energies I'm confident we can achieve even more than last season."