Hulkenberg and Sutil in the running to replace Massa

5 September, 2012

Adrian Sutil (GER) Sahara Force India Formula One Team and Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India Formula One Team Reserve Driver.  Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Preparations, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Thursday 10 November 2011.Sep.5 (GMM) A pair of Germans are in the running to replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari in 2013 should he be replaced, according to a report in Bild-Zeitung.

The newspaper said that Maranello has now almost certainly decided to part with Brazilian Massa at the end of his seventh consecutive season with Ferrari.

Reports last weekend at Spa suggested that Nico Hulkenberg, who currently races for Force India, might already have signed some sort of agreement with Ferrari.

“I can neither confirm nor deny the thing [the story] about Ferrari,” he told Bild.

Another candidate, the report said, is fellow German Adrian Sutil, who is still looking to return to Formula One after losing his Force India seat amid the Shanghai nightclub assault affair of last year.

The 29-year-old told Bild: “Ferrari is looking for a reliable second man who scores points regularly. I think I can be trusted to do that.”

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  • Jody Renza

    This is really getting boring….let’s see who have not been in the running…maybe the HRT & Marussia guys!
    Why not get Kubica to drive for the Scuderia in 2013?

  • Uday Motwani

    I do believe that either of these 2 will do a better job than Massa. Massa is costing the Ferrari team in the WCC & both of these 2 drivers have the speed & talent to help Ferrari get back to the top in the WCC.

  • aks

    i would love kubica to get that seat but i guess he needs to do a lot of work coz he hasnt been in touch with f1 of late but if he can fit in,then nothing like it but i guess ferrari are smart they will want somebody only for a year coz in 2014 they are definate to take in vettel

  • McLaren Fan

    My info is they have already signed The Stig!

  • kaka007

    @mclaren fan
    sorry, but who is ‘the stig’

  • Twiinz

    The Stig is the unknown driver on Top Gear. :)

  • Twiinz

    Of these two, I think Sutil would be the better choice for a 1 year drive. More experience, less to lose. Hulk is young and it would be risky to switch to Ferrari for 1 year. If he doesn’t perform, it may be difficult to get back on with another team. Just my 2cents.

  • Psych4191

    Hulk is faster, better in all conditions, and he’s pretty smart. Would be fantastic for Ferrari. Sutil is getting old, and proved at FI that he’s a midland at best driver.

  • nns2703

    @Psych4191,how can u say that sutil is not a fast driver.Do u have any proof,probably not.U r just speaking ur ugly mind and nothing else.
    HE strugled last year at the start of season,but came good at the end of the year.Once alonso failed to beat hamilton in his debut year.So acording to ur philosphy alonso is a mediocre drivers.
    Sometimes driver does go through rough patches but it doesn’t mean they are not good.

  • Psych4191

    @nns2703 Let’s look at some statistics shall we?

    Number of Poles Force India has: 1
    Number of Poles Sutil had: 0
    FI Podiums: 1
    Sutil: 0

    That Pole and Podium happened at Spa 2009, and guess who got it? Giancarlo Fisichella. A man that was WELL past his prime, about to jump ship to Ferrari to replace Badoer. Now, in that weekend.. Where was Sutil? He was busy sitting with the rest of the Q2 eliminations.

    Fast forward a year, shall we? We see Nico Hulkenburg join Williams. In his rookie season he grabs an inclimate weather pole position in a Williams-Cosworth. A COSWORTH. Where was Sutil? Knocked out in Q1, by his teammate, Vitantonio Liuzzi, by 3 tenths.

    Maybe if Sutil was just starting out, I could see it, but he’s been given tons of time, and never showed up. Hulk has shown time and time again he’s quick and intelligent. Sutil? Not so much. Oh, and the next time you attempt to put words in someone’s mouth, at least make a well thought out, fact based statement.

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