Nico Hulkenberg’s manager Werner Heinz says that the German driver has turned down the chance to drive for Lotus in the last two races of the 2013 F1 season.
As part of discussions, Hulkenberg had gone as far as visiting the Enstone factory.
“We had an offer from Lotus and have discussed about it,” Heinz told Bild. “But we decided that Nico will drive the last two races with Sauber.”
Sauber’s late salary payments would presumably have allowed Hulkenberg to break free of his contractual obligations, although it might still have been legally complicated.
Nico may also believe that he might be better off staying with what he knows for the last two races rather than jumping into a new car on such short notice. It also begs the question of whether or not the proposed deal would have led to a guaranteed seat for 2014.