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Hulkenberg to remain with Force India in 2013?

Nico Hulkenberg remains a contender for seats elsewhere, but hints he may remain with Sahara Force India in 2013.

Nico Hulkenberg has hinted that the chances of him moving to another team for next year's F1 season may have lessened, despite the driver market being the most fluid it has been for several years.

The German, who was drafted into the Sahara Force India line-up for 2012 after serving a year as the team's reserve, has been linked with potential vacancies at Ferrari, Mercedes and McLaren in recent weeks but, despite initially admitting that he was flattered by the attention, now suggests that he may be going nowhere in 2013. Force India boss Vijay Mallya has already said that he hopes to keep both current drivers - Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta - on board for next season, and the German confirmed that there was a strong possibility that he would still be dressing in orange and white.

"Well, there's a good chance I'll be with Force India next year but, as you know, nothing has been announced yet," he told the media ahead of this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.

With team-mate di Resta also being connected with the same three seats, the remainder of 2012 could be vital for both drivers to make their mark, and Hulkenberg admitted that he was more confident that many expected ahead of the season's only night race.

"To be honest, I'm quite positive,"! he insisted, "I think, if anything, this kind of circuit should suit us a bit more, [with] quite a lot of slow-speed corners. There's not really one high-speed corner here, [and] that is in our favour a little bit more than at Spa and Monza, the two last races, so I think we should be all right. As usual, I think we'll be around the top ten - and, hopefully, inside - [but it is] always a race which touches the two-hour mark, [and] it's pretty hot and humid. We know the circuit is physically demanding - there are a lot of nasty bumps and kerbs [that], if you get them wrong, they'll launch you into the wall. It's a physical race, it's tough, but we're fit and up for it."




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