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Hulkenberg denies Hungary would be his last race with Sauber

The team financial troubles has fueled the speculation; it also was rumored that reserve driver, Robin Frijns could take his spot.
Thursday, July 25, 2013

July 25th, 2013 (F1plus).- Nico Hulkenberg on Thursday rubbished rumours Hungary will be his last grand prix with Sauber.

The rumours said the German could be set to switch to another team, or simply sit out the rest of the 2013 season before making his next move, after not being paid in recent months.

The rumours said Hulkenberg's move could be good news for Sauber reserve Robin Frijns, who has just lost his GP2 drive due to a lack of sponsorship.

Robin Frijns, the highly-rated 21-year-old and Sauber's reserve driver, has lost his GP2 seat at the Hilmer team, despite winning the Spanish race.

"So that was it then," he wrote on Twitter. "No money no drive.

"Winning championships is not enough these days," added Frijns, the reigning Formula Renault 3.5 title winner.

In spite of all this, Hulkenberg on Thursday said talk he is about to leave Sauber is "rubbish".

Asked in Hungary if he is staying put at the Swiss team for the rest of 2013, he told British broadcaster Sky: "Absolutely."

Beyond this year, however, Hulkenberg admitted the future is "open".

"My management and I are looking at all the possible options, including Sauber," he said.

To add more pressure and speculation to the moment, 1964 world champion John Surtees, commented that the German should already be at McLaren.

"I am not saying Perez isn't talented," he told the Daily Mail, "but it was too early for him to go into such an environment at McLaren.

"I know who I would have had there -- Nico Hulkenberg. He has served his time and would have made a good match with Jenson," said Surtees.

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