Hulkenberg: In the long term I want to be in a car with which I can win races

10 December, 2013

Nico Hulkenberg leaves Sauber and returns to Force India cockpit in 2014

Nico Hulkenberg leaves Sauber and returns to Force India cockpit in 2014

Nico Hulkenberg insists that he is having to be patient as he waits for a front-running car, after the highly rated German was almost signed by Ferrari for 2014 but instead will return to perennial midfielders, Force India.

Told by the Kolner Express newspaper that he might have been Fernando Alonso’s teammate had Kimi Raikkonen not “lost patience” with Lotus, he answered: “It was a shame. Of course in the long term I want to be in a car with which I can win races.”

“But there are many examples of drivers who had to wait years for that. Let’s see what the future holds for me.”

After Ferrari, Hulkenberg’s next-best option for 2014 appeared to be Lotus, but ultimately the financially-struggling team signed the lucratively-sponsored Pastor Maldonado. However, team boss Eric Boullier admits that Lotus is struggling.

Nico Hulkenberg drove for Sauber in 2013

Nico Hulkenberg drove for Sauber in 2013

“Nobody knows where they are going to be next season,” the Frenchman, referring to the radically new 2014 rules, is quoted by L’Equipe, “but given our budget, we are clearly not in a position to dominate.”

Although Lotus are struggling, some have described Hulkenberg’s move from the also-struggling Sauber to Force India for 2014 as a “backwards step”, particularly as he only left the Silverstone based team a year ago.

“Everyone will have his own opinion,” the 26-year-old said. You have to look at the overall situation. There are many teams that have financial problems, so the options are very limited.”

“On the other you have to see this [that] is only my fourth year in Formula 1,” Hulkenberg added. (GMM)

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  • StevetheGreat

    With these lame rules a driver like hulk is wasted on f1. May as well go to le mans or wrc as f1 deserves zero respect these days.

  • Butterfly

    This guy has been changing teams every year. I doubt any top team would want him, he’s clearly got no patience.

    He may be driving stock cars in 3 years time.

  • Hawk

    @Butterfly

    I agree. I do not think this dilly dallying is doing his CV any good. He could be unfortunate but he cannot justify these moves especially last year’s move to Sauber.

  • Tamburello_1994

    Inks barely dry on the contract, And this guy is already dreaming (out loud) about driving for someone else. Not a good look. Where’s this guys agent with the muzzle?

    “I want to be in a car with which I can win races.”

    That’s not gonna go over too well at F.I. HQ. Yea, They know their car is a lead sled, But they don’t want to hear the “top driver” writing it off, In the off season no less. Unfortunate.

    I wonder if it’s his mouth, Not his abilities, That has kept “sulk” firmly ensconced in the midfield?

  • Urko

    That’s what happens when greedy pensioners, who should be in nursing homes & some of them in prison, are still making key decisions by holding key positions.

  • StevetheGreat

    Not “Lotus”!!!!!

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