Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013

McLaren move in 2014 unrealistic, says Hulkenberg

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013Nico Hulkenberg doubts he has a realistic chance of joining McLaren next year despite rumours the team are considering a change in their driver line-up.

Speaking ahead of the Korean Grand Prix Hulkenberg said: “For sure McLaren is a great team and would be something interesting.”

“But I don’t think that is a realistic option at the moment.

Reports in German media have claimed Hulkenberg’s height would make him unsuitable for the team’s 2014 car – despite the increased weight limit which will come into force. Hulkenberg is one of the taller drivers on the grid which inevitably makes him one of the heaviest.

“[It’s] not a handicap but for sure also not an advantage,” Hulkenberg conceded.

“I’d like to be 10cm smaller and therefore light but, you know, that is God-given and it’s not in power my power to change that, and I don’t want to.

“Driver weight and height is always critical because obviously designers are pushing to make the car tighter and smaller and the aero guys are seeing the benefits. But at the end of the day the driver has to fit in as well.”

Hulkenberg added he hopes to know his destination for 2014 “within the next couple of weeks”.

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