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Hülkenberg: & # 34; Best advertising that I can do & # 34;

Hulkenberg lets the Sauber fly
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E s is a tricky situation that is meanwhile almost all categories of motorsport draws. Money sticks to talent. Nothing going on without moss. Nico Hülkenberg no longer has to prove his talent. He's done that often enough. His specialty: creating surprises with inferior cars and annoying the top teams. Like in qualifying in Abu Dhabi. The Sauber driver placed the C32 in 6th place. By relocating Kimi Raikkonen, he slips up one position and starts fifth - ahead of the Ferrari drivers and Romain Grosjean in the Lotus.

Maximum achieved

'I think 6th place is impressive. That was the maximum today. There are reasons for that. We didn't expect it so well, but when we did If you make a mistake or two, it is possible, 'says Hülkenberg.

In Abu Dhabi, Sauber is once again on the road with the low downforce as in Korea and India. In the top speed list, Hülkenberg occupies fifth place. The time you lose in the corners is made up for on the straights. A plan that works. Because Abu Dhabi was actually one of Sauber's fear lines. 'Of the routes that are still to come, I thought that this would be the most difficult one. That is a nut that you have to crack.'

Hulkenberg explains the upward trend but also with experience that will be added at the end of the season. 'Maybe I've got used to the car more. The shoe always fits better. It's about the subtleties.' In the race he sees a realistic chance to fight Ferrari. This could put it in the spotlight once more.

Fight against windmills

Nevertheless, it seems to be a fight against windmills. Because good results alone no longer lead to a contract in these times. How frustrating does that have to be for a driver? 'For some teams it is the money that counts, for others the performance. The results are the best advertising I can do. It certainly cannot do any harm.'

Hulkenberg currently has to put out his feelers in all directions. Lotus would be the icing on the cake, but everything there depends on the payment behavior of the shareholder Quantum. Clean is still an option. And Force India would also be a possibility.

Conversations with Force India?

On Saturday evening, Hulkenberg sat together his father, manager Werner Heinz andForce India sports director Otmar Szafnauer at a table. Was it about negotiations for 2014? 'We have known each other for a long time, so you get a saying when you stand in front of them,' is Hülkenberg's explanation. If one inferred from the people who were involved in this conversation, however, one doubts an insignificant chat.


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