Nico Hulkenberg says he feels he can challenge for podium finishes when he switches to Sauber for the 2013 F1 season.

The German will replace Sergio Perez in the Swiss team's line-up next year after electing to make the switch from Force India, where he has taken a best finish of fourth so far with just the Brazilian Grand Prix to come at Interlagos.

Some have suggested that a move to Sauber is a step sideways as opposed to a step forwards for the former Williams man, but Hulkenberg said he felt confident that he could make the move forwards onto the poidium with Sauber - who have taken four top three finishes in 2012.

"I think I made the right decision by switching to Sauber," he told "They proved that they were able to build a good car which is able to finish on the podium.

"Obviously every driver wants to finish on the podium and win races. I hope that next year's car will have the potential to achieve podium finishes again."

Hulkenberg added that it was a shame he hadn't finished on the podium in 2012 but said he was pleased with his performances on track for Force India.

"I am very happy with the season," he said. "I think I really learned a lot and improved my performances. Paul is a very strong driver and I think we made a great line-up this year, it's a shame we didn't make it on the podium."