Hülkenberg gets new chassis for Malaysia
18 March 2013 – Sauber's Nico Hülkenberg will contest the Malaysian Grand Prix with a new chassis, with the team opting to send his C32 back to Hinwil for a 'thorough examination' after he failed to make the start in Australia due to a late fuel system problem.
The German, who admits he was 'bitterly disappointed' by the technical issue, leaves Melbourne having failed to complete a racing lap at the venue from three attempts.
"I'm bitterly disappointed about what happened, but at the same time I'm not blaming anyone," said Hülkenberg. "Things like this happen in racing. What is particularly bothering me is the fact that I lost all this mileage, which is so important particularly at the beginning of the season. It would have given me a lot of valuable data and information for the next races.
"Obviously, Melbourne is not a good place for me. It was my third Grand Prix here and the third time that I leave this place empty handed. The only good thing is that the next race takes place next weekend."
Hülkenberg's team-mate, Esteban Gutiérrez, finished his maiden Grand Prix in 13th place, having started from 17th after a crash in the opening stage of qualifying.