Group Admins

  • Profile picture of Keith Collantine

Group Mods

  • Profile picture of damonsmedley
  • Profile picture of Bradley Downton

F1

Public Group active 19 minutes ago

F1 discussion

Hulkenberg to Lotus?

This topic contains 19 replies, has 16 voices, and was last updated by Avatar of R.J. O'Connell R.J. O’Connell 1 year, 1 month ago.

Viewing 5 posts - 16 through 20 (of 20 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #238639
    Avatar of andae23
    andae23
    Participant

    Just to give this story some backing: the original source of this story is the German newspaper Bild (yes, the exact same one that first broke Webber to Porsche, Lowe to Mercedes, Glock leaving Marussia and the list goes on):

    http://www.bild.de/sport/motorsport/nico-huelkenberg/auf-dem-sprung-zu-lotus-31161414.bild.html

    Hulkenberg to Lotus or Ferrari is my guess. And about time too.

    #238640
    Avatar of Prisoner Monkeys
    Prisoner Monkeys
    Participant

    @full-throttle-f1

    Man, I can’t believe that this guy isn’t in a top seat yet.

    It’s believed that Hulkenberg moved to Sauber to try and set up a future with Ferrari. Since Sauber have an engine supply deal with Ferrari, they’ve often worked very closely with Maranello. It’s believed that Ferrari are very interested in him as a potential replacement for Felipe Massa, and so he moved to Sauber to try and establish a relationship with the team. The problem that Hulkenberg is facing at the moment is that Sauber have gone backwards – and that there was a lack of front-running drives that were available when he decided to move. When Hamilton moved to Mercedes, McLaren pounced on Perez. And Ferrari and Red Bull haven’t had any driver line-up changes recently.

    #238641
    Avatar of MazdaChris
    MazdaChris
    Participant

    Somewhat unrelated, but I wonder if Red Bull will be using Alonso’s current woes to frame a speculative offer of a 2014 drive. Alonso said he wants to see out the rest of his career with the Scuderia, but considering how badly it’s going at the moment, it’s got to be something he’d think about…

    #238642
    Avatar of
    Anonymous

    @Prisoner Monkeys
    Correct mate- Nico H has bigger days in F1- I really do think he is a future champion !!!
    Force India to Sauber sucks this year- but the Ferrari connection is strong.

    I have long been a fan and supporter of Massa- but I think he is done at a top team. I am all Webber but love the way he retired this year- not pushed- Massa should do similar I think!!

    then Hukk?? 2016 World Drivers Champion!!??…………………. maybe????

    #238643
    Avatar of R.J. O'Connell
    R.J. O’Connell
    Participant

    Considering that Sauber had 4 podiums last year to Force India’s zero last year, the fact that Hülkenberg was pretty much the only reason Force India almost overhauled Sauber for 6th in the standings, and the fact that many of us were speculating if Force India would even make the grid in 2013 because of VM and Sahara Group’s financial issues, I don’t see how it was the wrong move at the time.

    Yes, he’s struggling with a sluggish, post-James Key Sauber now, in mid-2013 – but in late 2012, this was a move up and not a move sideways/down.

Viewing 5 posts - 16 through 20 (of 20 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.