Roll back to the end of the previous season and Nico Hulkenberg was a happy man. 

He had finished 11th in the Championship battle, having out paced his partner Paul Di Resta convincingly.

There were rumours linking him with a move to Ferrari, with Felipe Massa set to be out; McLaren seemed interested, and of course the evergrowing Force India were more than happy to have retained him. 

However, things took a tumble; Massa salvaged another year, Perez was picked ahead of him at McLaren, and he had already decided to leave the Force India team. 

The only option left then was a move to fellow midfielders Sauber; who themselves had had a good season, and needed someone to fill the void left by their young Turk Sergio Perez. 

So the German moved to a team, that had helped his previous driver clinch the seat he himself desired. 

Ironic much. However, it did not seem that dull, since Sauber seemed set to challenge the big boys and fight for more podiums.

Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo, has expressed his interest in the German, and Hulkenberg was content again. 

He had to maintain a decent run, and with Massa's contract ending after the season, he could be at the team every driver desires. 

However, the happiness was short lived, as Sauber failed to keep up with their impressive run last season, and failing to be any threat at all. 

The best finish they've managed this season has been a paltry eigth in the Malaysian GP.

It has been recently revealed that Hulkenberg has opted not to renew his contract with Sauber for another year, leaving his future open. 

The possible openings next year could be at Ferrari, Lotus and Force India; which limits his movements highly. 

Factor in that he is one of the few midfielders with no big sponsorship backing him, in a Sport under heavy monetary issues.

Although the future seems bright for the talented German, he would be kicking himself for having wasted a season to further strengthen his claim at the Ferrari seat, and add another strong season under his belt, something his former teammate Paul Di Resta is continuing at Force India.

 

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