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Hulkenberg is big in Japan but is he too big for Lotus?
Following on from his stunning drive to fourth place in the Korean Grand Prix, it looks highly likely that Nico Hulkenberg will up sticks and join Lotus for 2014.
The only stumbling block appears to be the uncertainty surrounding the finances of Lotus as Hulkenberg will not bring any investment with him.
The Enstone team is currently trying to secure an investment deal with Infinity Racing, but Hulkenberg told Autosport that he wants a decision to be made sooner rather than later to avoid a repeat of 2010 when he was dropped by Williams.
I want to have some certainty about my future – and not in November. It needs to be at the end of the month, for sure. There is obviously a certain cut off point. I have experienced falling over the back in 2010, and I am not going to risk doing that again.
Another less likely stumbling block is that Lotus may be put off by the German’s extra weight in the chassis as he is one of the taller drivers on the grid.
Team boss Eric Boullier told Autosport that this is not an issue.
I prefer to have talent and let my engineers work on saving weight in the car. It is true that 10kg on paper is roughly three tenths of a second, but the target is to at least be on the weight limit. And then, you don't have this issue anymore.