Nico Hulkenberg's manager Willi Weber has said that the number of German drivers in F1 has made it more difficult for the former Williams driver to secure a role on the F1 grid.
No fewer than five German drivers will line up on the grid this year in the shape of Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, Adrian Sutil and Timo Glock – although that number is two down on 2010 after both Hulkenberg and Nick Heidfeld found themselves without drives.
Despite that, Weber said that the number of German drivers was making it more difficult for Hulkenberg to move forwards with his career despite his new deal as test and reserve driver for Force India this year.
"Nico has all the right qualities but he had to share the stage with many other Germans," he told Motorsport Aktuell
. "It's like a cake; if you have to share it with seven others, the piece you have is small."
Hulkenberg himself insists his aim remains to earn a return to the F1 grid on the back of his role this year with the German hopeful of one day fighting for the championship.
“I am still in Formula One, even if it is hard to accept not being on the grid any more,” he told the official F1 website. “I will have the chance to run on Fridays and will do everything possible to put in impressive performances to recommend myself for a permanent seat in 2012.
“Hopefully a long and successful career in Formula One - for the next season with Force India, but then everything is open. My goal is definitely to fight for wins and the championship one day.”