Some more pieces of the 2013 ‘silly season’ puzzle are set to fall into place.
British broadcaster BBC reports with confidence that, with his return to the podium at Suzuka following a two-year drought, Felipe Massa could have his new contract to stay at Ferrari confirmed “before” this weekend’s Korean grand prix.
It’s a blow for Force India’s Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg, who were linked strongly with the Maranello team’s potentially vacant cockpit.
But Switzerland’s Blick newspaper reports that German Hulkenberg has a back-up plan that is now “ready for the signatures”.
“Nico Hulkenberg will go to Sauber for at least two years,” veteran correspondent Roger Benoit reports from Japan.
Blick said former Toro Rosso racer Sebastien Buemi, who this year has been Red Bull’s official reserve driver, is in the hot seat to replace Hulkenberg.
But Force India’s Otmar Szafnauer is quoted as telling Blick’s Benoit: “Why doesn’t Sauber take Buemi?”