Unfortunately for Nico Hulkenburg, Quantum Motorsports were unable to strike a deal with Lotus; a deal which would have seen the German take Kimi Raikkonen’s place in the team.
Yet, whatever Quantum Motorsports were offering Lotus, it would seem that the amount wasn’t enough.
Recently Lotus revealed that the heavily funded Pastor Maldonado will join the team in 2014, a decision which has now caused a domino effect with other drivers.
Hulkenberg, who was more deserving of a drive with Lotus, will now drive at Force India next year alongside ousted McLaren driver, Sergio Perez. This of course pushing Adrian Sutil and Paul DiResta out of the team and possibly, also Formula 1.
Force India will have an extremely strong driver line up for next years championship and it might be just the thing the team needs to finally escape the midfield.
Though, escaping the midfield has proven to be problematic for Force India and because of this, we could once again see Hulkenberg’s talents go to waste.
It was no secret that “The Hulk” was the driver many wanted to replace Raikkonen at Lotus. This desire came from Hulkenberg consistently out performing many of the front running drivers time and time again this year in a less competitive car.
Maldonado on the other hand, was rarely competitive throughout the season and was constantly bested by his rookie team mate.
It is unfortunate that Maldonado’s pockets are deeper as once again, money has outweighed talent in Formula 1.