F1 » Hulkenberg Sauber bound

Nico Hulkenberg has apparently taken the step that will confirm him as a Sauber driver for 2013...

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LJ - Unregistered

October 24, 2012 10:51 AM

I like Hulkenberg and don't blame him for wanting to join Sauber who are a team on the up. But if this move triggers the departure of Kobayashi from the sport, I will be quite depressed.

If you put him in the car next to Kobayashi it will take him 3-6 months to get the best out of the car. If they partner him with Esteban it may take even longer for both of them to score good points.

If Kobayashi has to leave Sauber I would hope he would take Hulkenbergs seat at the very least. It would be interesting to see how each driver does in adapting to their new teams.


October 24, 2012 12:23 PM


Seems pretty nuts to me but Kobi might not be on the grid next year, FI probably need one driver to be a pay driver as Paul doesn't really have any bigger sponsorship backing him. Seems unbelievable that Kobi can't get backing in Japan.

Look at Kris Meeke in rallying, a very talented driver that deserves a stab at WRC but has no chance without backing, then you had Wilson Jnr (affectionately known as happless on the WRC forum) trundling round for 8 years achieving nothing. Seen a friend of my brothers regularly beat 4WD evo's in a MK2 escort and finish in the top 5 on rounds of the Scottish rally championship but he struggles to get backing.

Talent gets overlooked by money a lot, especially in these times.

eddie global - Unregistered

October 24, 2012 12:33 PM

dont understand the japanese . they have one driver in F1 and he is the best one they ever had. They need to put a few quid in to keep their cred on the world stage they are selling cars in.

JJJ - Unregistered

October 24, 2012 3:08 PM

@eddie global

Problem is the Japanese manufacturers have left and the country isn't doing too well economically so that probably hurts Kobayashi. Even in the past most Japanese drivers were in F1 because they came with some cheap engines attached with them. Like Koba said after the race at Suzuka you had Panasonic as a sponsor for a while at Toyoda but they left with Toyoda...

It seems strange for a nation with such a motorsport culture (although the Japanese drivers have never really shone in F1) that some of their companies aren't lining up to pick the fruits of race sponsorship but that's how it's been for a long time.

Dylan - Unregistered

October 24, 2012 3:32 PM

I've been saying this for a while di Resta will be lucky if he secures a seat for next season in F1 Hulkenberg has proved to be a much faster driver than di Resta but British media tries to sell to the masses an amazing di Resta when many in the paddock have been saying in closed doors the guy is quick but not quick enough for winning titles.

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