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Hulkenberg believes Sauber has more to come

Apr 25, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

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With Force India thriving in the midfield – Paul di Resta having just missing out on a podium in Bahrain and scoring in two other races – it might be worth asking whether Nico Hulkenberg was smart to leave one of the top midfield squads to head to another in Sauber.

Hulkenberg led laps and posted a best finish of eighth place in Malaysia, while in China he led again but later fell back to 10th after his tires and strategy fell off. He’s comfortable outpaced rookie teammate Esteban Gutierrez, but that hasn’t been much of a surprise.

Asked by Autosport whether he felt his move to Sauber has been a good one thus far, Hulkenberg said “It’s a good feeling to be leading a grand prix – it shows you must have done something right. It’s definitely a good sign.”

Hulkenberg added that the car has “potential,” and can easily be developed into a consistent points-scoring car.

Still, with Sauber having scored four podiums a year ago, largely in races where it did well with its tires, there’s still plenty more to extract, he said.

  1. indycarseries500 - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Let Force India have their results, the Sauber ride leads to a Ferrari.

    • apexassassin - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      Lol, Massa was the last driver to go from Sauber to Ferrari and Hulk is way too tall for Ferrari’s cockpit… Also they don’t have an engine for 2014 onwards so the Sauber-Ferrari ties are even weaker than when Checo passed Alonso in 2012.

      Stil, I think we all expected more from Sauber this year, let’s hope they can get it togther… I’d love for them to steal a win while Peter is around to enjoy it!

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