|Born||August 19, 1987||Nationality||German|
|Team||Sauber||F1 Debut||Bahrain 2010|
|Career statistics to end 2012|
|Pole Position(s)||1||Fastest Lap(s)||1|
For much of 2012 Scotland’s Paul di Resta was the Force India driver being mentioned in high places, but in the end 25-year-old Hülkenberg is the one who has moved on.
Whether a move to Sauber represents a rise through the ranks remains to be seen, but the Swiss team and CEO Monisha Kaltenberg are determined to build on a 2012 season in which they frequently punched above their weight.
Nico finished the season in 11th place, just one shy of former Sauber star Perez, and broke into the inner circle of F1 statistics with his first fastest lap in Singapore.
This will be the third season of a Grand Prix career that started in 2010 with Williams, for whom he took pole position in Brazil that season.
That wasn’t enough to keep him there, so Hülkenberg bravely gave up a race seat to be Force India’s test driver in 2011 and earned his return to the grid in 2012.
Former F3 Euroseries and GP2 title-winner Hülkenberg has yet to enjoy his first visit to an F1 podium, though he came close last season with a best result of fourth at Spa-Francorchamps – one of an impressive 11 finishes in the top 10.