By Chris Lines, AP, 17 March 2013
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Sauber driver Nico Hulkenberg did not start the season-opening Australian Grand Prix due to a fuel-system failure on his car.
Sauber said via Twitter shortly before the race Sunday that: "There is a problem with the fuel system. For safety reasons we will not start with his car."
Hulkenberg qualified 11th for the race -- his first with the team after crossing from Force India.
“I’m bitterly disappointed about what happened, but at the same time I’m not blaming anyone," Hulkenberg said. "Things like this happen in racing.
"Obviously, Melbourne is not a good place for me. It was my third Grand Prix here and the third time that I leave this place empty handed," he added.
The withdrawal left Mexican rookie Esteban Gutierrez as Sauber's sole driver in the race, who finished 13th.
Edited AP report
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