Korean GP: Nico Hulkenberg to leave Force India for Sauber
By Andrew BensonChief F1 writer
Nico Hulkenberg is to leave Force India and join Sauber next year.
And Mexican Esteban Gutierrez, the team's reserve driver, is tipped as a partner for the German, which would leave Kamui Kobayashi without a seat.
Mexican Sergio Perez, Kobayashi's team-mate this year, is joining McLaren to replace Mercedes-bound Lewis Hamilton.
Ex-Toro Rosso drivers Sebastian Buemi and
are vying with former Force India driver Adrian Sutil to be Hulkenberg's replacement.
If he loses the Sauber seat, Kobayashi also has a chance to go to Force India but is likely to have to find some sponsorship to secure the drive.
Sauber have not yet officially confirmed Hulkenberg but the deal is understood already to be done.
Korean Grand Prix highlights
has said Sauber will announce their 2013 driver line-up "before the end of the season".
Gutierrez's potential promotion would come at least partly at the behest of Sauber's Mexican sponsors - the team has a relationship with the country's billionaire business magnate Carlos Slim, who Forbes magazine says is the richest man in the world.
“The most important thing is to keep the focus and make the best out of what I've got”
"The most important thing is to keep the focus and make the best out of what I've got," he said.
"Then at some point... I'm getting old and if I want to be successful and win races, I have to look at the options.
"I think the team is doing the right things to move forward. We should be doing better than what we're doing. At the moment, we don't have any deals with everyone. We're talking."
Petrov is having difficulty finding the sponsorship he needs to secure a drive from his native Russia despite the country being poised to host its maiden grand prix in 2014 at the Winter Olympic host city of Sochi.
Korean Grand Prix 2012, day three
Sunday, 14 October: Race replay 14:05 BST; BBC One. Highlights 19:00 BST BBC Three.
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