INTERLAGOS, November 21st, 2013 (F1plus/B. Ferreira).- Nico Hulkenberg doesn’t feel bothered by the lack of certainty about his situation regarding the drivers’ market for the 2014 season.
Although the German has been showing some impressive performances on the second half of the current season, he doesn’t have his future sorted out for next year.
His name has been linked with teams like Lotus, Force India or even a second year with Sauber, but, on the eve of the season finale, at Interlagos, he’s still on the dark.
Asked this Thursday by F1 Plus if this scenario lets him down, he said he accepts this situation if everything turns out well for him. “It doesn’t bother me as long as I have one [car for 2014]. The new year is right around the corner”, he said.
However, there is a realistic chance that Hulkenberg will stay without a drive at the top teams in F1.
“I’m a little bit disappointed by that, of course. But, on the other hand, I’m only in my third year in F1, and there were other guys who needed to wait much longer before have greater opportunities.
“Sometimes you’re impatient and want to go to a quicker car as soon as possible, but that’s not how it works”, he reckons.
Even though his situation is uncertain, he doesn’t believe he’ll be out of the grid next year.
“There is danger all around and we need to be careful. There is also options and interest around, which is the most important thing. There is a good chance that I’ll be here [in 2014].”
Hulkenberg is keen to not be misjudged by the performances shown by the teams late this year, as everything can change dramatically with the new regulations.
“I took a decision last year to come to Sauber because they were very competitive in 2012. But at the beginning of this year it was completely different.
“It’s hard to judge and tell, as there are lots of question marks with the regulation changes. I’m trying to make the right decision, but I’m relaxed about it.”
Therefore, Hulkenberg doesn’t take into account the rumours about the 2014 power units – as there are talks that Mercedes will have the most promising package at the start of the year.
“It is of relevance, but there are just rumours. They say that Mercedes will have the best package, but we don’t know. There is no proof.”