After the disappointment of Australia for Nico Hulkenberg, Malaysia was an excellent delayed debut at Sauber for the young German.
Despite not showing the wet-weather prowess he has in the past (probably, as some remind me, as this wasn’t Brazil) he lined up 12th, but over the course of the afternoon Nico put in a solid show to dice with both the Lotus drivers for some points. Forget the fact that Romain Grosjean probably put the move of the race on him – Nico held his own against the Frenchman and Kimi Raikkonen and ended up only a handful of seconds behind the pair in 8th place.
Sauber should be heartened by this. If Lotus can be in the mix with the big boys like in Australia, then in the right circumstances Hulkenberg could be a dark horse in the Sauber. That might be wishful thinking – but then again, who wouldn’t like to see it?