Hulkenberg dismisses Sauber exit talk

Hulkenberg dismisses Sauber exit talk

Formula 1

Hulkenberg dismisses Sauber exit talk


Nico Hulkenberg has laughed off rumors that the Hungarian Grand Prix will be his final race with Sauber.

Hulkenberg switched to the team from Force India after Sauber challenged for victory on occasion in 2012, but the Swiss squad has so far been limited to occasional points finishes this year.

There was also speculation about its future before its major new Russian investment deal was completed, and the build-up to the Hungaroring featured fresh gossip about Hulkenberg’s position. But Hulkenberg said he found such talk comical.

“It’s rubbish,” he said. “They make me laugh, make me smile.

“I read it on my Twitter page where people can write to me. A bunch of people were having a discussion and I was thinking ‘Where has that come from?'”

Hulkenberg added that he feels in full control of his own job situation as he considers his 2014 options.

He said his position now is very different to when he lost his Williams drive at the end of his rookie season in 2010.

“At Williams, I wasn’t aware of the situation,” he said. “It was only at the end of the season that I became aware.

“To be honest, I feel comfortable in my seat, in my skin. You can never be 100 percent sure in this business, but I feel I do a decent enough job for people to recognize. I’m looking at all my options, but I haven’t decided yet or done anything.

“Making a decision is a bit further down the line. I’m talking to people, including Sauber, but nothing has been decided.”