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. Tweet Related NewsMcLaren and Sauber pass mandatory FIA crash testsRookie Nasr opts for number 12F1 rookie Nasr plays down plight of SauberAbu Dhabi Grand Prix: Sauber preview Yas MarinaSutil may have failed to deliver on Sauber contractKaltenborn: Big teams have own agenda and are disrespectfulGutierrez: My career is not finishedSutil: It doesn’t mean Sauber is going to drive in 2015Gutierrez working on several options after Sauber axeSauber confirms Nasr for 2015 season 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..