Nico Hulkenberg looks set to be with Force India next year – after apparently failing in an attempt to stay at Sauber.
While the German signed a deal with Force India some time ago, he had until the start of this week to make a final decision on whether to proceed, as the Lotus deal was still open to him. However, Pastor Maldonado has finally agreed to join the Enstone team.
Meanwhile, in light of the recent improvement in form, Hulkenberg inquired about staying with Sauber. It’s believed that he was told on Sunday that it would not be possible, leaving him committed to Force India.
Despite his good performance on track, he has apparently fallen out of favor with Sauber, presumably by not only agreeing to the deal with Force India, but also paying a visit to Lotus prior to the USGP, which included a seat fitting.
Force India is keen to have Hulkenberg back on board despite being snubbed in favor of Sauber in the middle of 2012.
With Sergio Perez likely to join Hulkenberg at Force India, it looks increasingly likely that Adrian Sutil will leave and eventually end up with Sauber.
The identity of his teammate remains the missing piece in the transfer jigsaw, as it appears that the team is unlikely to keep Esteban Gutierrez. Sauber’s Mexican sponsorship deals have now come to an end, and sources say that the team is looking elsewhere.