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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