F1 » Sauber confirms Hulkenberg deal

Sauber signs Nico Hulkenberg as its first driver for the 2013 F1 season

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jose - Unregistered

October 31, 2012 1:56 PM

Force India is for sale according to Richard. Seems reasonable
as Mallya is up the creek with IOU's.. Kobi methinks has some
($$) sponsorship..Maybe the dimwit Mallya will do something smart for a change..

Down but not out, Old Jose


October 31, 2012 2:03 PM

jose. glad to hear you are ok. but still, sandy must have addled your brain! i have never said that force india was for sale! but like others on here, i would not be surprised if there is trouble ahead. mallya doesnt pay his airline staff, is selling a large part of his whiskey brand, his airline has been grounded etc etc. it is probably only the f1 team that is keeping him afloat.

but bernie says mallya is a "good" man, and we all believe bernie, don't we?

LJ - Unregistered

October 31, 2012 2:29 PM

One thing I would like to point out is Kamui isn't necessarily gone. Otherwise they would have announced Esteban already. I don't think Esteban did himself any favors in India FP1 getting outpaced by both Caterhams (one being a GP2 hopeful like himself, VDG).

It looks like they will continue to look at the performance of Esteban in the young drivers test, they will have Kamui's data to compare him to and then it will come down to what sponsorship Kamui can bring in.. It's my feeling that Sauber can keep it's Mexican sponsors for another year without running a Mexican driver, as long as he has some active role in the team (Friday Practice). Then bring him into the fold in 2014 when it appears likely that Hulkenberg moves to Ferrari.

Charlie - Unregistered

October 31, 2012 2:52 PM

I'm surprised at this move for a few reasons. 1. He is well know to be strapped for cash, so it's unusual for sauber to do something like this. 2. Force India have more sponsors and are similiar in performance. Also malya's other businesses are completely seperate, they don't affect the f1 team so that's not a worry.

nonsense - Unregistered

October 31, 2012 3:25 PM

Its a joke if Kamui is not in F1 next year, he fully deserves his place there, Perez has been mega too but Kamui is exciting for F1 and gets the results aswell, the Sauber is inconstant. Real shame if he is forced out, for F1 and F1 fans.

iiiiijanai - Unregistered

October 31, 2012 3:33 PM

sorry dude, but the Sauber is better than both of the drivers they currently have. Put Lewis and Alonso on that team and get rid of Red Bull and Sauber would have a legitimate shot at the WCC.

JJ - Unregistered

October 31, 2012 3:45 PM

Koby chances are looking very slim now. F1 will be a lot less interesting without him.

As for Hulk's move, I'm not really sure how much performance gains Sauber are getting with him over Koby.

Ptolomy - Unregistered

October 31, 2012 4:23 PM

The Hulk is a far better driver than the drives we have seen him offered. Don't forget that he put a Williams on pole when they were a true backmarker team.

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