Sauber confirms Hulkenberg for 2013

By on Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sauber has confirmed that Nico Hulkenberg will join the team in 2013.

In a move widely rumoured since the Korean Grand Prix, the 2009 GP2 champion will move across from Force India.

"I’m really looking forward to working with the Sauber F1 Team. It’s a well-placed team and very competitive. Plus it’s a team in which young drivers have repeatedly delivered exceptional performances", he said.

"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".

Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn added, "We’ve been observing Nico for some time now and his performances have been very persuasive. 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", she said.

Sauber will announce Hulkenberg's team mate at a later date.

Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya thanked Hulkenberg for his service to the team.

"It has been a pleasure to have Nico with us for the last couple of years. At the end of 2010 we identified him as a star of the future and it has been rewarding to watch him develop his racing skills", said Mallya.

"Together with Paul [di Resta] he has done a brilliant job for us, helping the team score more points than ever before and giving 100% commitment every weekend. We would like to thank him for all his hard work and wish him well for the future. With three races remaining this season, we know Nico will remain totally committed and continue to deliver his best performances for the team".


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