Hulkenberg too heavy for 2014 McLaren 2 October, 2013 Nico Hulkenberg Nico Hulkenberg’s weight could hamper his chances of securing a McLaren race seat in 2014. Earlier this year, it emerged that the tall German’s feet were a squeeze in the footwell of the Sauber. Now, with Sergio Perez’s place in doubt, Hulkenberg’s candidature could end simply because he weighs in at 74 kg. Amid rumours that Perez’s Mexican sponsors are behind in their payments to McLaren, Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reports that yet another problem for Perez is the possible identity of the Woking based team’s next title sponsor. It had been expected the departing Vodafone’s successor would be a Mexican company, but the latest news is that the razor company Gillette is in fact in a good position to take over. However, Germany’s Sport Bild reports that McLaren is concerned that Hulkenberg – a logical candidate to replace Perez – weighs too much for its 2014 car, which due to the radical new powertrain regulations will weigh almost 50 kilograms more than this year’s single seaters. The mandatory minimum weight of the cars is being increased, but not by as much as the expected weight increases of the new technology. Even last year, the tall Mark Webber had complained: “[I] haven’t eaten for the last 5 years! Minimum weight has been too low for ages. “Perfect driver weight [is] now 60-65 kg.” Hulkenberg is also in contention for the Lotus seat being vacated by Kimi Raikkonen, but another contender is the newly sponsor-backed Brazilian, Felipe Massa. It is believed Hulkenberg sees Force India – his 2012 employer – as a fallback option, and that the Silverstone based team is prepared to replace the underperforming Paul di Resta. Another candidate for a Force India seat next year is the McLaren-backed rookie Kevin Magnussen, according to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport. Respected correspondent Michael Schmidt said that the young Dane could even be the frontrunner, because Force India apparently owes McLaren money for past supplies of transmissions and hydraulics. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsGutierrez and Sainz feature in silly season latestSutil confirmed by Sauber as one of their drivers for 2014 seasonGutierrez says his priority is to stay with Sauber in 2014Silly Season Latest: Hulkenberg and Perez to Force India and Sutil to SauberHulkenberg in frame for 2014 race seat at Lotus, Force India or SauberSauber return in 2014 not guaranteed for PerezMaldonado visits Sauber for talks regarding 2014Raikkonen to Sauber and Hulkenberg to Lotus for Austin?Hulkenberg not paid at all this year by Sauber but may stay with them for 2014Increasingly Hulkenberg’s only option for 2014 is to remain with Sauber pillio Nico has no place to go. He shouldn’t have left Force india before… MacStar What a waste of talent! Here’s someone that could prbably challenge Vettel, but it seems we might never see it happen. Frijns for WDC It is long ago, we heard someone finding a seat due to talent. It is all about the money, sponsormoney, backing, overdue payments.. I think F1 is running like the US.. they make it look alive from the outside, but in reality it went bankrupt long ago. bert jr So True. US and F1 are heading the same direction – total disaster. Spartacus McLaren would be better to tweak their design for the Hulk than take Perez for another season; no matte how much they’re being sponsored. Perez, nice enough guy, but just not quick enough. Hawk Hulk drove like an ass Interlagos 2012. Previously I was always singing how he was going to put Di Resta in his place but he disappointed me when he got overzealous and excited at the prospect of winning a race. but then I also noticed his maturity at Singapore a few days ago when he told his team that it was of no use defending against Mark, Nico and Lewis then he let them pass.