Nico Hulkenberg will also sit out the Indian Grand Prix in two weeks time. In Korea on Friday, with Force India locked in the battle for sixth place in the constructors’ championship with Sauber, the German did not perform his usual Friday morning driving duties.
“It’s a pity, for me,” he said on German television Sky. “Here in South Korea and probably also in India I am not driving.
“For now, the team has only one priority; to secure sixth place,” added Hulkenberg. “So the regular drivers need to be driving as much as possible.
“They need every lap in the car, and I can understand that,” he added.