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 NewsAt least three F1 teams in battle for survivalSauber: A very disappointing raceSauber: Energy management issues didn’t help us at allSauber: We ran into some unexpected limitationsSauber preview Singapore Grand Prix weekendSirotkin and Verstappen set for FP1 sessions this yearSauber sale to billionaire Stroll in doubtCanadian billionaire eyes Sauber takeoverSauber: It was a difficult weekendSauber: Our drivers were always at the limit 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..