Nico Hulkenberg has been given a boost to his chances of earning a drive with Lotus for the 2014 F1 season after the team insisted that weight wouldn't be an issue when it comes to completing its driver line-up.

The German is one of the heaviest drivers on the grid going into a season where changes in regulations are set to work in favour of the lighter racers on the grid - with struggles to meet the new weight limits in place believed to have ruled Hulkenberg out of the running for a drive with McLaren.

Hulkenberg's issue has arisen because of the fact that, despite the minimum weight limits being increased next year, the new 1.6 litre turbo-powered engines being introduced into the sport are proving to be heavier that expected.

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As such, teams are now having to look at ways to keep the weight of their cars down, but Lotus boss Eric Boullier insisted that weight wouldn't be a deciding factor in who replaces Ferrari-bound Kimi Raikkonen next season.

"We're more interested in the talent and potential of a driver rather than the difference of a few kilos," he said.

"We have confidence in our development team to be able to produce a car for the 2014 regulations which should be competitive in the hands of any driver we consider for next year."