Monisha Kaltenborn says both drivers for Sauber are equal but hopes that the more experience one will step up to the plate.
After the demise of HRT, he doubts any chance of returning to McLaren.
Compared to Sauber's 2012 lineup, Hulkenberg and 21-year-old Gutierrez have 60 Grands Prix less experience than departing team drivers Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez.
Several F1 teams will launch their 2013 cars in prior to the first winter test on February 5th in Jerez.
The 21-year-old rookie is replacing his Mexican countryman Sergio Perez at Telmex-backed Sauber next year.
Norbert Haug has proven his engineering and his leadership skills. There is no doubt that offers will fly rapidly to the doorstep of the talented German.
Sauber prepared their new chassis early, and the C32 is "fully homologated".