Nico Hulkenberg admits his move to Sauber has been “not as expected” but says he doesn’t regret the decision.
Speaking to Autsoport, Hulkenberg said “I made a move that maybe in hindsight doesn’t look so good.”
“But it’s a challenge for me to keep up and still keep doing my best.”
Hulkenberg left Force India for Sauber at the end of last season. He led his last race for his previous team for 30 laps before tangling with Lewis Hamilton and retiring.
But his move to Sauber, who scored four podium finishes last year, coincided with a downturn in the team’s fortunes. They have scored just seven points so far this season – all courtesy of Hulkenberg – whereas after ten races last year they had 80.
Hulkenberg made his F1 debut with Williams in 2010 but despite scoring pole position for them in Brazil was unable to keep his place at the team as they needed a driver who could bring backing. He has started all three of his F1 campaigns with different teams, and is yet to decide who he will drive for next year.
However he admitted he could remain at his current team: “Me and my manager are looking at all the possible options, including Sauber,” said Hulkenberg. “We’re some way away from making a decision.”
INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.
Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.
It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.
Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)