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Rumours rebuffed as drivers deny transfer talk

Senna's position is perhaps the most precarious, with Valtteri Bottas supposedly waiting in the wings to take his seat next season.

“Nothing has changed from the last time I was here and you asked me the same question,” the Brazilian claimed, “But the focus is still the same: keep pushing and trying to get points for the team and then, hopefully, be on the grid next year.”
Karthikeyan was the last driver to be confirmed to a ride for 2013, snapping up the second HRT seat after testing had begun, but even racing on home soil this weekend could not elicit a firm idea of his plans for next year, although the Indian seemed to know both his goals and limitations.

“I have a good relationship with HRT,” he pointed out, “It's my second year with them. They've built a good factory and everything else and, on paper, next year they'll look the best [option] so, realistically, I'd like to stay here and that's the plan right now.”

Hulkenberg, meanwhile, arrived in India with strong speculation that he had already informed his current team that he would not be returning in 2013, with Sauber touted as the most likely destination, perhaps with support from Ferrari, which actively considered him as a replacement for Felipe Massa before re-signing the Brazilian to an extension. Hulkenberg, however, insisted that he would not be confirming or denying anything.

“I know there is lots of talk about my future but, at this point, I don't want to make a comment on the speculation,” he said, “I'll just focus on this weekend, which is the most important thing. Just no comment.”

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Amigo - Unregistered

October 26, 2012 4:40 PM

After Japan GP, Sauber has told Kobayashi he needs to find sponsor for 2013 and explain him about Sauber financial situation for 2013. Nico Hulkenberg doesn't sign with Sauber yet. If Kobayashi can find sponsor which match Nico Hulkenberg's Sponsor and then he can retain his seat for 2013. Currently Sauber has very difficult situation regarding to 2013 budget. Sauber has to lose some of Mexican sponsor money in 2013. So their car developing for 2013 is also questionable. No one can predict about can they build the car like 2012 for 2013 with lesser budget than 2012. If the car wasn’t competitive like 2012 car and then Nico Hulkenberg will be broken heart. Also other Mexican driver is rookie and he is new driver to Sauber. Sauber will be a little bit struggling in 2013. I don’t know it good idea to replace both drivers. I don’t think Force India has poor car.

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