Formula 1 News

Hulkenberg 'wrong to leave' - Di Resta

The German was confirmed by Sauber -a direct competitor of his current team of Force India driver- as a driver for the 2013 season
Thursday, November 1, 2012

ABU DHABI, Nov 1, 2012 (AFP) - Briton Paul di Resta said on Thursday that German driver Nico Hulkenberg was wrong to leave Force India and join Sauber next year -- and may even have been better off staying put.

Hulkenberg, 25, was on Wednesday confirmed as a Sauber driver for the 2013 season but his Force India team-mate di Resta told reporters he could not see how the move would help.

"I was surprised that Nico left this team, to be fair, for an immediate competitor," said di Resta in Abu Dhabi ahead of this weekend's Grand Prix. "I don't see it as being a step up, to be perfectly honest.

"I see it as an equal kind of status. Long term where you see this team is going, I think it is probably better."

Swiss outfit Sauber is currently ahead of Force India in the standings this season but di Resta said Force India had been more consistent in its performances over past seasons.

"They (Sauber) have had a couple of remarkable results and I am not going to deny that. But in terms of consistency, we have got a lot. Next year may be different and I don't know the full reasons why Nico has gone there."

Di Resta admitted recently that he was disappointed he had received no offers to move to a leading outfit but he said he was happy to stay at Force India.

"There is progression," he added. "And the way this team is structured and going forward, I am content where I am."

Your Comments

Next F1 Race

Malaysia
Mar 30
Malaysia

Formula 1 News

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sauber still working on Russian deal

F1plusStore

F1 Standings

Drivers
Teams
1 Nico Rosberg 25
2 Kevin Magnussen 18
3 Jenson Button 15
4 Fernando Alonso 12
5 Valtteri Bottas 10
6 Nico Hülkenberg 8
1 McLaren 33
2 Mercedes 25
3 Ferrari 18
4 Williams F1 10
5 Sahara Force India 9
6 Scuderia Toro Rosso 6

View complete standings table »

F1plusStore

Last F1 Race

Australian Grand Prix
Melbourne, Albert Park Lake
1
Nico Rosberg
Mercedes
2
Kevin Magnussen
McLaren
3
Jenson Button
McLaren
Fastest Lap

Nico Rosberg
1'32.478s

Pole Position

Lewis Hamilton

View all »

Follow Us