Hülkenberg upset to lose points finish
28 October 2013 – Nico Hülkenberg was heavily frustrated to miss out on what he is certain would have been a points finish during Sunday afternoon's Indian Grand Prix, with the Sauber driver forced to retire his car from eighth position amid late technical troubles.
Although he could not make progress from his seventh place grid slot, Hülkenberg was running comfortably inside the top ten as the race drew to a close. But the German suffered a brake issue with five laps left to run, forcing him into retirement.
"I would have passed the finish line in eighth place," said Hülkenberg. "When I was braking into the last turn something clicked and all of a sudden my brakes were gone. Something must have been broken on the car. Following that I made a pit-stop and then went back out again, but something still wasn't right. It is very disappointing."
"We are very disappointed, because Nico was clearly in the points before a technical problem forced him to retire," added team boss Monisha Kaltenborn. "Even if this was a set back, it is important for us to know that our competitiveness is still there. We are able to score points and still have a chance to improve [in the next three races]."
While Sauber failed to score, rivals Force India recorded a double points finish, moving the Silverstone-based outfit 23 points clear in the battle for sixth position.