Nico Hulkenberg has admitted there is a 'danger' he might end up without an F1 race drive in 2014.
Hulkenberg has impressed again this season, but while he has been linked to Lotus and is believed to be the team's first choice – providing the funds from the Quantum Motorsports group come through – as yet he has still to ink a deal for next year. Furthermore while he has also been linked to Force India
and could also end up staying with Sauber, again nothing is certain.
“I think there is danger around and you need to be careful, keep eyes and ears open, but I think also there are options, opportunities and interest from teams,” Hulkenberg told ESPNF1.com
prior to this weekend's season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix. “That's the most important thing and I think as long as we have that then there is a good chance that I'll be here.”
“It is not just the situation that I'm waiting for Lotus and for Quantum [either], that's not the truth,” he added. “It's a matter of getting everything together and negotiating the right deal with the teams which are in the hunt. The Lotus situation has been around for weeks and it's an on-going process on the side but it's not like I am waiting every day for a call from them or something.”
Hulkenberg also noted that it was disappointing not to have had any contact from the 'big' teams: “I'm a little bit disappointed, yes, but on the other hand it is only my third year in F1 and other guys have had to wait much longer than that for the big opportunity,” he continued. “Of course you're impatient and you want to be in a competitive car as quickly as you can, but on the other hand it would be nice to be somewhere.
it was close but then obviously it didn't happen for the reasons we know. McLaren
I don't know; they seem to have no interest.
“I don't know why.”
As for this weekend's race, Hulkenberg said it is one he really likes: “The Brazilian Grand Prix
is always special, and that is also because it is the last race of the season,” he remarked in Sauber's official pre-event preview. “I like it a lot. It's a cool race, Sao Paulo is an interesting city too and the whole weekend is simply special.
“In addition, the track in Interlagos has so much history. The atmosphere is extraordinary from the moment you arrive there. I have very good memories of Brazil. I achieved my first pole position in mixed conditions there in 2010, and last year I led about 40 laps of the Grand Prix, and that was also under tricky conditions.
“The Brazilians are always very excited and most of the time the grandstands are packed. I am really looking forward to the weekend.”