Sometimes speculation over driver moves is spot on and it seems the suggestion that Nico Hulkenberg might move to Sauber for 2013 is one of those speculations. The German driver will take Sergio Perez’s ride at Sauber in 2013 and said:
“I’m really looking forward to working with the Sauber F1 team,” said Hulkenberg. “It’s a well-placed team and very competitive. Plus it’s a team in which young drivers have repeatedly delivered exceptional performances.
“I would like to take up that baton. The Sauber F1 Team is currently going through a very positive development and I’m certain that together we can achieve a lot.
“Until that time I will remain fully focused on my job with the Sahara Force India Team. I’d like to thank the management at Sahara Force India for giving me the chance to return to Formula 1 as a team driver.”
Team boss Monsiha Kaltenborn said that the team have been watching Nico for some time and that his performances have been “persuasive” saying:
“We’ve been observing Nico for some time now and his performances have been very persuasive,” said Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn. “That was the case in GP2 and has continued into Formula 1.
“An obvious highlight was how he scored pole at Interlagos in 2010 despite the most challenging external conditions.
“He clearly showed that he can seize the chance if it arises. But high spots like that are one thing; systematic teamwork is another – and on that score I have confidence in Nico too. I’m sure he will fit in very well with the Sauber F1 team. We look forward to working together with him.”
We’ve certainly argued that Nico is a terrific driver and that Williams F1 was perhaps wrong to let him go but each team has its reasons for the moves it makes. It’s great to see the German get a shot in a car and team that seem on the move but the big question might be, will Nico do all he can to help his current team, Force India, beat Sauber in the Constructor’s Championship in the remaining three races? That would cost Sauber millions if this was to occur.