Dear Nigel,

Why do you think Nico Hülkenberg’s gone to Sauber?

John Miller

Dear John,

On the face of it, Nico Hülkenberg has made a sideways move transferring from Force India to Sauber, although I personally would put Sauber a little higher up the pecking order. I know Nico led the Brazilian Grand Prix in the Force India, and quite convincingly too, but over the season I think he would have had scored more points with Sauber. Let’s not forget that Sergio Pérez made the podium three times – or, for that matter, that Kamui Kobayashi started alongside Jenson Button on the front row at Spa.

Personally I was surprised that, with Hülkenberg available, McLaren chose Pérez to replace Lewis Hamilton. To me, Nico is the outstanding prospect in the new crop of F1 drivers, and I suppose I look upon his move to Sauber not only as the opportunity to be an unequivocal number one, but also as a likely stepping-stone to Ferrari, who supply Sauber with engines, of course. If Felipe Massa continues next year as he finished this one, it won’t be easy for Ferrari to drop him, but as things stand I’d say there is a high chance of Hülkenberg partnering Fernando Alonso in 2014.