Sauber silent over Hülkenberg rumours
8 July 2013 – Sauber is refusing to comment over rumours that Nico Hülkenberg, who finished tenth during last weekend's German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, has been released from his contract because the team is no longer able to pay his salary.
With the Hinwil-based outfit enduring severe financial issues, both parties are said to have cut their official ties as a result of missed contractual payments, meaning the German would be free to move to another team during the second half of the season.
"I cannot say anything about contractual matters," Hülkenberg told German television broacaster Sky. "Clearly, I must look after my future. We will see where it goes."
Hülkenberg has been linked to seats at Lotus, should Kimi Räikkönen move to Red Bull, and Ferrari – in place of Felipe Massa – next year. And with both teams yet to confirm their plans, he said: "I cannot exclude anything, nothing is impossible."
When contacted by GPUpdate.net, Sauber remained silent over the rumours. "We don't comment on contractual issues," explained a spokesperson for the team.