HINWIL ZURICH, Switzerland – Nico Hulkenberg will move from Force India to Sauber for the 2013 Formula One World Championship season.
Sauber will announce their second 2013 driver at a later date, leaving Kamui Kobayashi’s future uncertain.
Hulkenberg won the GP2 Series championship in 2009 and made his Formula One debut with Williams in 2010, taking a pole position in Brazil in his maiden year. The 25-year-old German is currently 12th in the drivers’ championship, on 49 points after 17 of 20 races, with a best 2012 result of fourth place in Belgium.
“I’m really looking forward to working with the Sauber F-1 Team,” said Hulkenberg, who served as a test driver with Force India in 2011 before returning to the grid this season. “It’s a well-placed team and very competitive. Plus it’s a team in which young drivers have repeatedly delivered exceptional performances. I would like to take up that baton.
“The Sauber F-1 Team is currently going through a very positive development and I’m certain that together we can achieve a lot. Until that time I will remain fully focused on my job with the Sahara Force India Team. I’d like to thank the management at Sahara Force India for giving me the chance to return to Formula One as a team driver.”
Sauber has been enjoying a strong 2012 season and is currently sixth in the constructors’ standings, one place and 23 points above Force India. Current driver Sergio Perez is moving to McLaren next season. Force India has yet to confirm their 2013 line-up.