Despite recently saying Force India will field an unchanged driver lineup in 2009, things have now changed, team co-owner Vijay Mallya has hinted.

Despite recently saying Force India will field an unchanged driver lineup in 2009, things have now changed, team co-owner Vijay Mallya has hinted.

The team's wide-ranging collaboration with McLaren-Mercedes was unveiled on Monday, sparking the Indian billionaire's admission that he is likely to bow to advice about who should occupy the Force India cockpits.

"They will recommend what they believe to be in the best interests of my team and I have to decide. And I would be hard pressed to ignore their advice," he is quoted as saying by Reuters.

The Scottish DTM driver Paul di Resta is on the verge of being promoted by McLaren into formula one, and the Spanish media speculated that McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa could be another option for a Force India race seat.

Mallya recently said he was happy about keeping Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil next year, but on Monday admitted he does not "at present" intend to change those plans with regards to 2009.

"I haven't gone into any details on drivers yet," Mallya, who has dismissed team and technical chiefs Colin Kolles and Mike Gascoyne, explained.

He suggested that more difficult decisions could now lie ahead.

"I am going to do whatever it takes. There are no emotions involved."

 

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