Sauber banking on Hulkenberg taking leadership role 27 December, 2012 Dec.27 (GMM) Sauber is hoping that Nico Hulkenberg embraces a leadership role when he begins his tenure with the team, boss Monisha Kaltenborn has admitted. A few days ago, German Hulkenberg – who is moving to the Swiss team in 2013 from Force India – doubted that his role at Sauber would be significantly different, even though his new teammate is the Mexican rookie Esteban Gutierrez. Sauber team boss Kaltenborn said: “We don’t have a first and second driver, both are treated the same. “But of course we hope [that] Nico, who is very good in certain areas, takes some leadership such as with the [car's] development and the relationship with the engineers,” she is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace. At any rate, 25-year-old Hulkenberg is hoping for a better season in 2013, after finishing the past season in eleventh place. “I see Sauber slightly above Force India,” said the German, “Sauber had four podiums (in 2012) and Force India none. It will be interesting to be with a team that has reached the podium a few times, and I think they can develop even more.” Subbed by AJN. Related NewsVan der Garde set for 2015 Sauber race seatSauber: We were simply not fast enoughSauber: It was a challenging sessionSauber: We definitely need to improve our reliabilityRussian GP FP1 debut very possible claims SirotkinSauber: Ferrari delivered slow power unit lateBelgian Grand Prix: Sauber preview SpaGutierrez: We have opened discussions with other teamsSauber to keep Ferrari engine despite problemsSauber: Good performance unrewarded Emaaduddin Good luck Hulk.. As a Force India fan and as an Indian, I would have loved to see you in a Force India for 1 more year atleast. But where ever u go, we will always support you..