Nico Hulkenberg has said he feels 'ready' to step up and join a big team for the 2014 F1 season.

Hulkenberg switched to Sauber this year, but with the Swiss-team struggling, both on the track and off it, the German hasn't managed to achieve much, and to date has notched up just seven points, claiming top ten finishes in Malaysia and China and more recently in Britain and Germany.

He is now being touted again as a possible replacement for the underperforming Felipe Massa at Ferrari and Hulkenberg told Sky Sports News ahead of this Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix that he does feel he has what it takes to succeed with an outfit at the head of the field.

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"I would feel ready and I do feel ready," Hulkenberg stated. "It's my third year, and I feel I have gained quite a bit of experience.

"There is always room for improvement, there are still things I learn every weekend. You always get better, and next year is a new game because of the new regulations, but I think I am ready for a challenge like that."

Despite the allure of driving for the Scuderia however, Hulkenberg, added that there are a number of options out there and he also insisted that the driver market 'is not all necessarily dependent' on what Kimi Raikkonen does.

"I wouldn't name it [Ferrari] the ultimate drive but obviously it is a big team with a big history," he continued. "I wouldn't exclude anyone at this point, we are talking to different teams and evaluating all the options, and when the time is right we will decide what we think is best for my future."

So when will a decision be made? "Ideally we'd like to have it done by September, the end of September," he concluded.