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Hulkenberg targets podium with Sauber

Nico Hulkenberg targets podiums when he moves to Sauber from Force India for F1 2013
Nico Hulkenberg says he feels he can challenge for podium finishes when he switches to Sauber for the 2013 F1 season.

The German will replace Sergio Perez in the Swiss team's line-up next year after electing to make the switch from Force India, where he has taken a best finish of fourth so far with just the Brazilian Grand Prix to come at Interlagos.

Some have suggested that a move to Sauber is a step sideways as opposed to a step forwards for the former Williams man, but Hulkenberg said he felt confident that he could make the move forwards onto the poidium with Sauber – who have taken four top three finishes in 2012.

"I think I made the right decision by switching to Sauber," he told GPUpdate.net. "They proved that they were able to build a good car which is able to finish on the podium.

"Obviously every driver wants to finish on the podium and win races. I hope that next year's car will have the potential to achieve podium finishes again."

Hulkenberg added that it was a shame he hadn't finished on the podium in 2012 but said he was pleased with his performances on track for Force India.

"I am very happy with the season," he said. "I think I really learned a lot and improved my performances. Paul is a very strong driver and I think we made a great line-up this year, it's a shame we didn't make it on the podium."




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LJ - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 10:15 PM

I wouldn't mind seeing Kobi at Force India next year, I think he can get podiums in a more consistent car like they have. The Sauber is really hot and cold all season and while they get the plaudits for the highs the team have been pointing the finger at the drivers for the lows, which I think is unfair. Monisha said she expects more consistency with Hulk next year.. But if the car is like this year, he's going to be equally hot and cold.



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