Sauber replaces McLaren-bound Sergio Perez with Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg
The Swiss Formula One team Sauber announced the signing off Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg on Wednesday. The German driver will replace Sergio Perez in Sauber’s team next season.
Nico Hulkenberg, who started his Formula One career from Williams in the 2010 season, has been unable to record big results this season. Nico Hulkenberg is 12th on the Drivers Standings with 49 point to his name.
Sergio Perez, who has been in impressive form in his Sauber car this season, will drive for McLaren next season. The Mexican will take the spot of Mercedes-bound Lewis Hamilton.
“Nico Hulkenberg will be one of Sauber's two pilots for next season,” an official statement from Sauber said.
After Sauber released information about his signing, Nico Hulkenberg stepped in front of media to answer their questions. The Finnish driver told reporters that he couldn’t wait to drive for Sauber next season.
“I am really eager to work with Sauber,” Nico Hulkenberg said. “It is a solid team and very competitive. What is more it is a team in which young pilots often shine. I would like to take up that baton.”
The team chief of Force India, Vijay Mallya hoped Nico Hulkenberg would acquire great success in the future. Vijay Mallya also labelled Nico Hulkenberg as a “star of the future”.
“At the end of 2010, we identified Nico as a star of the future and it has been rewarding to watch him develop his racing skills,” Vijay Mallya said.
“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 percent commitment every weekend.
“It has been a pleasure to have Nico with us for the last couple of years and we would like to thank him for all his hard work and wish him well for the future.”
Presently, Sauber is sixth in the Constructors Championship with 116 points under their belt.