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Hulkenberg: Jerez acid test for Sauber move

With Kamui Kobayashi's services being dispensed with at the end of 2012, Hulkenberg assumes the mantle of senior driver at Sauber this season, with Gutierrez stepping up from a middling GP2 campaign largely as a result of his familiarity as test driver and the backing he brings from Mexico. Hulkenberg, however, does not expect any additional pressure as Sauber looks to build on a season that yielded four podium finishes and sixth spot in the constructors'' standings.

“The fact that people are regarding me as the team leader doesn't change much,” he claimed, “At Sauber, both drivers get the same equipment and treatment. I will just work harder together with Esteban to bring the team forward.

“I don't see any deficit [in having two new drivers], to be honest. Indeed, I am new in the team, but not new in F1, and Esteban has gained experience as a test driver with Sauber, so he is not new to them.

“I want to build on the good basis they had last year, and keep working hard from there. Of course, I am looking for good results - in that sense, the team and I are already looking for the same thing – but it's a new season so we have to wait and see how things pan out and how strong our package is on the track.”




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Manxie - Unregistered

January 16, 2013 10:58 AM

The Hulk to me is one of very few real potential WDC's on the grid. Forget di Rasta, Senna, Maldenado, Vergne etc. Him and Perez (all be it Perez makes more mistakes) are proper talent. I think Sauber had a lucky break this past season, with the tyres changing for 2013 they might struggle again. I do hope this will not be the case and Hulk will deliver some awesome races for him to secure a seat with either Ferrari, McL or RBR. just MHO

BMFBW - Unregistered

January 17, 2013 11:50 AM

@Manxie - Absolutley! We tend to acknowledge Button as a master of changeable conditions... ...who was the only other guy in Brazil to stay on slicks? That's right! Nico! And Nico's a much more exciting driver than Jenson - not afraid to give Lewis a run for his money! As ever when there's some sort of continuity in the rules, I can see Sauber producing a solid car, but not one that's particularly fast, which isn't so good! Having said that, allied to the talent of the Hulk, we could all be suprised this year!



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