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'No deficit' at Sauber - Hulkenberg

ESPN Staff
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Nico Hulkenberg joined Sauber from Force India over the winter © Sutton Images
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Nico Hulkenberg says he doesn't see Sauber's driver line-up having any negative effect on the team at the start of the season.

Having joined Sauber from Force India, Hulkenberg will be joined by rookie Esteban Gutierrez for the 2013 season as Sauber fields an all-new driver line-up. However, despite the changes at the team, Hulkenberg thinks his experience added to Gutierrez's time as reserve driver means both will be able to hit the ground running from the start of the first test.

"I don't see any deficit to be honest," Hulkenberg told the official Formula One website. "Indeed I am new in the team, but not new in F1, and Esteban has gained experience as a test driver with Sauber so he is not new to them. I would say there is no deficit, but rather the chance to make good acquaintances."

Hulkenberg also said he will only start requesting changes with the C32 after discovering its strengths and weaknesses during testing.

"During this time of the year it is always to make me comfortable in the car. Making a good seat in which I feel comfortable is very important. Luckily I fit in well so I am ready for testing in Jerez at the beginning of February.

"There are no issues at the moment. It's not until you are out on track, running the car, that you uncover issues or weaknesses. So Jerez will be the acid test."