F1 » Hulkenberg: Sauber quit talk 'rubbish'

Nico Hulkenberg: They [the people who write this stuff] make me laugh... I read it on my Twitter page where people can write to me. A bunch of people were having a discussion and I was thinking: 'Where has that come from?'

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July 25, 2013 6:31 PM

If there is one thing all F1 pilots know it's that "out of sight, out of mind" is the rule in driver selection. Only a fool would give up a seat with the drivers market like it is now.


July 25, 2013 9:39 PM

*If* he has broke his contract, I bet he feels very silly now Sauber have been secured by Russian money. I was just thinking earlier, it's possible he could be without a drive at the end of the season, they may just choose to replace him with the Russian rookie and have Esteban or somebody new could come in..

Sauber did make a mistake replacing Kobayashi with him though, I have no doubt in my mind that they have overestimated Hulk and underestimated what Koba brought to the team.


July 26, 2013 8:22 AM

It's amazing how legacies are born.

Kobayashi arrives in F1 on the back of some hype & right off the bat makes one or two spectacular passes (or reckless passes depending how you look at it) and suddenly he's a hero. He goes on to make some utterly stupid passes but is defended to the hilt, has few a completely uninspiring seasons & is properly walloped by his rookie team mate Perez. Still, he is much loved, so he is constantly talked up.

Grosjean arrives in F1 & makes the same sort of aggressive pass attempts, but he does it to the wrong people who close the door, & who happen to be fan favourites. Suddenly he's reckless & doesnt deserve his seat ... despite vast improvements & much more success than Kobayashi, he will forever live with the stigma of being reckless.

& I will, forever after, need to come on here & read about how unlucky Kobayashi was ... from people who can't see the wood for the trees.

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