March 17, 2013 / 5:52 AM / in 6 years

Sauber's Hulkenberg out of Australian Grand Prix

Sauber Formula One driver Nico Hulkenberg of Germany drives during the second practice session of the Australian F1 Grand Prix at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne March 15, 2013. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Sauber driver Nico Hulkenberg will not take part in the Australian Grand Prix after suffering a mechanical failure, the team said on Sunday.

“There is a problem with the fuel system ... for safety reasons we will not start his car,” the team said in post on their Twitter account. German Hulkenberg was to line up 11th on the grid.

The race starts at 5:00 p.m. local time (0600 GMT).

Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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