Sauber confirm Hülkenberg for 2013 season


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31 October 2012 by Ryan Wood | M
          

Sauber have confirmed that Nico Hülkenberg will join the Swiss outfit for the 2013 season, replacing outgoing Sergio Perez, as recently reported by The F1 Times.

The German, who currently drives for Force India and sits 12th in the standings, says he's confident of achieving a lot with Sauber.

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

Hülkenberg thanked Force India for their support after he signed with them at the start of the year, having spent a season without a seat after Williams dropped him at the end of 2010.

"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."

Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn says she has faith in his abilities and welcome him to the team.

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

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