Hulkenberg to race for Sauber F1 in 2013 

Written by David on October 31st, 2012 at 12:54 pmLast Update: January 28th, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Nico HulkenbergNico Hulkenberg will race for the Swiss based outfit in 2013 after signing today a deal.

The 25-year-old German won the GP2 Series in 2009, made his Formula 1 debut in 2010 with the Williams F1 Team and managed to capture a pole position in his maiden year. He is currently driving for Sahara Force India and ranks 12th in the Drivers’ World Championship with 49 points after 17 out of 20 races.

Hulkenberg’s best Formula One race result this season was at the Belgian Grand Prix, where he finished fourth on the challenging Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

“We’ve been observing Nico for some time now and his performances have been very persuasive,” said Sauber F1 Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn. “That was the case in GP2 and has continued into Formula One. 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.”

“I’m really looking forward to working with the Sauber F1 Team. It’s a well-placed team and very competitive,” said Nico Hulkenberg. “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 One as a team driver.”

The Swiss based team will announce its second driver for the 2013 season at a later date.

source: Sauber F1

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