Massa staying at Ferrari, Hulkenberg to Sauber

Oct.8 (GMM) Some more pieces of the 2013 'silly season' puzzle are set to fall into place.

British broadcaster BBC reports with confidence that, with his return to the podium at Suzuka following a two-year drought, Felipe Massa could have his new contract to stay at Ferrari confirmed "before" this weekend's Korean Grand Prix.

It's a blow for Force India's Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg, who were linked strongly with the Maranello team's potentially vacant cockpit.

Nico Hulkenberg, Sahara Force India F1
Nico Hulkenberg, Sahara Force India F1

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But Switzerland's Blick newspaper reports that German Hulkenberg has a back-up plan that is now "ready for the signatures".

"Nico Hulkenberg will go to Sauber for at least two years," veteran correspondent Roger Benoit reports from Japan.

Blick said former Toro Rosso racer Sebastien Buemi, who this year has been Red Bull's official reserve driver, is in the hot seat to replace Hulkenberg.

But Force India's Otmar Szafnauer is quoted as telling Blick's Benoit: "Why doesn't Sauber take Buemi?"

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Felipe Massa , Paul di Resta , Sébastien Buemi , Nico Hulkenberg
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , Force India , Toro Rosso
Article type Rumor
Tags buemi, ferrari, force india, hulkenberg, massa, sauber, suzuka