Hulkenberg’s F1 future secure but who he will drive for in 2014 still a mystery

Nico Hulkenberg at Suzuka

Nico Hulkenberg at Suzuka

The hot report doing the rounds at Suzuka immediately after the  Japanese Grand Prix is that Nico Hulkenberg’s future in Formula 1 is now secure.

“The German will team up with [Romain] Grosjean,” announced Italy’s authoritative La Gazzetta dello Sport, hinting at Lotus’ 2014 lineup.

Some well-connected paddock figures, however, think a return to Force India will be Hulkenberg’s next move, while others say remaining at Sauber also has not been ruled out.

Ex Formula 1 team owner Eddie Jordan, now a full-time pundit for British television BBC, said on Sunday that he is “certain” that Hulkenberg has signed for Force India.

Hulkenberg gave nothing away.

“My future will sort itself in a couple of weeks,” he said, denying thathe had “signed anything” for 2014.

But another British pundit, the former Formula 1 driver Martin Brundle, said on Sunday that he had heard that Hulkenberg has definitely signed a deal for 2014.

Brundle however refused to say for what team, explaining that the reason people confide in him is that they know he will not breach that confidence.

Brundle made the comments in the presence of Sauber boss Monisha Kaltenborn, who insists that Hulkenberg remains an “option” for the Hinwil based team in 2014.

A report by the German-language Spiegel said thata move to Lotus is on the cards for Hulkenberg, but the 26-year-old is “waiting until after the talks with Sauber before making a decision”. (GMM)

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  • Boycottthebull

    Hulkenberg would be crazy to go with Force India if Lotus are offering him a seat.

  • captain tortuga

    Force India still owes him money…

  • Empee

    “Force India still owes him money…”

    And they’re going nowhere fast. Hulkenberg alone has outscored Force India, which in response to fizzing out, implicated the tire construction revisions. Lotus did, too, but they’ve managed to figure something out because they’re right back where they were. Force India on the other hand spent a good part of Sunday figuring out how to get around Maldonado and Bottas.

  • Kimi4WDC

    McLaren!

  • Rob

    Remember, next year we will have new engines which may upset the pecking order. If the Merc turbo engine has 100Hp more then why not head back to FI?