Nico Hulkenberg says he is hoping for stability with the next deal in his F1 career as rumours persist about where he will be driving in 2014.

The Sauber driver is hotly tipped to replace Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus next year in a move that would see him competing for his a fourth team in as many seasons, having previously raced for a single season with both Williams and Force India in the past.

Quizzed about his future ahead of this weekend's Indian Grand Prix, Hulkenberg admitted he was keen to find a deal that would be more for the long-term, although he conceded that the changing nature of the sport next year meant there were various factors to be considered.

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"It would be nice for once to have a bit of consistency and to settle in somewhere, but it really depends on a lot of factors," he was quoted by ESPN. "Obviously performance is one of the big things, you want to be in a competitive car - which for next year is mostly impossible to know - but then also some stability, financial stability, security and also some perspective you have with the team going forward."

Lotus is believed to be working to finalise an investment deal before making a decision on its drivers for next year, with Romain Grosjean also playing a waiting game, and Hulkenberg said he was keen for his own future - either with the Enstone-based team or elsewhere - to be resolved sooner rather than later.

"I wouldn't like to wait until the end of the season, for sure," Hulkenberg said. "Obviously I said in Korea that before the end of the month I would like to know what I'm doing. It's coming close now so I have to hurry up; I'm under pressure now to do something! But these things take time sometimes, you're talking and negotiating and it's just the way that things go.

"Next year there are obviously big regulation changes and there are a few opportunities, but there's no decision yet."