Fernando Alonso, widely acknowledged as perhaps the best driver in F1 today, has given a boost to Nico Hulkenberg's quest for a 2014 seat.
Because he is unsponsored and also arguably too tall for next year's heavier cars, it is rumoured the German's push to simply stay on the grid in 2014 may fail.
That is despite his outstanding performance in Korea last weekend, where he held off a string of champions, including Alonso and Lewis Hamilton, in the increasingly impressive Sauber.
International media reports quote Alonso as hailing Hulkenberg's "superb" and "perfect" race.
"He deserved to be in front of us," EFE news agency quotes Alonso as saying, "because...
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