Nico Hulkenberg has revealed that he is hoping to secure a race seat with Force India for the 2012 F1 season.
Despite a solid debut season with Williams – which included a surprise pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix – but found himself without a drive at the end of the year after the team elected to replace him with GP2 title winner Pastor Maldonado.
With limited opportunities elsewhere, Hulkenberg ended up taking the test and reserve role at Force India after the Silverstone-based team promoted Paul di Resta into a race seat.
As part of his new role, Hulkenberg has taken part in Friday practice for each event so far this season with the exception of Monaco and the German said he was hopeful his work would be the springboard into a securing a race seat next season.
"It's difficult to know, this is the ninth race so we are midseason," he told ESPNF1
when asked what his chances earning a race drive next season. "I'm working hard to try and convince the key people here and Vijay Mallya and to make a good impression. I think we are still a bit too far away from that decision.
"To be honest I would like to stick with this team and to race for them next year, but if that is not going to happen then obviously I have to look for a plan B."