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Christopher Bruce2013-11-07 02:24:51

Nico Hulkenberg Joining Lotus, Says New Lotus Investor

The team is just waiting for Hulkenberg to sign the contract

Hulkenberg is entering his fifth year in F1

With Kimi Raikkonen leaving LotusLotusLotusUnited Kingdom, 1952 > present68 models
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at the end of the season, there is a big seat to fill with the team. Until now, Lotus had remained tight-lipped about who would fill the spot, but Mansoor Ijaz, one of the team’s new investors. says that the Nico Hulkenberg is finalizing a contract to join the team.

The Ijaz is part of Quantum Motorsports, which is buying 35% of the Lotus team from Genii Capital.

"I wish the transition had been smoother between Kimi and the next driver, who we believe will be Nico Hulkenberg, but sometimes in life things don't happen so clearly and as nicely as you would like them to,” said Ijaz.

"I can tell you the contract was prepared and ready to go. I know Nico is excited about doing this and I think it is a matter of a very short period before that is all finalized."

Hulkenberg moved from karts to open-wheel cars in 2005. He moved up the ranks from Formula BMWBMWBMWGermany, 1918 > present87 models
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through Formula 3 to GP2, where he was champion in 2009. He joined WilliamsWilliamsWilliamsUnited Kingdom, 1977 > present37 models
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in Formula 1 in 2010 and test drove for Force IndiaForce IndiaForce IndiaIndia, 2007 > present8 models
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in 2011. He returned to the F1 grid driving for Force India in 2012. For 2013, he moved to SauberSauberSauberSwitzerland, 1970 > present21 models
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Source: Autosport





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