Nico Hulkenberg says he feels 'in a good place' with his F1 career, despite suggestions that his decision to rejoin Force India for 2014 is a sideways step.
The German will join the Silverstone-based outfit for a second spell after a year with Sauber in 2013, having missed out on the chance to partner Romain Grosjean at Lotus.
Having previously insisted that he was hopeful of securing some special results
during the new season, Hulkenberg said he wasn't concerned about the fact he had been overlooked for a top seat and admitted there were plenty of unknowns over who would be the team to be with in 2014.
“I believe I'm in a good place and just maintaining a drive in F1 is worth a lot these days,” he told the official F1 website. “I'm a Formula One driver with a team that is ambitious and aiming high for the future. Of course I want to be winning races, but I'm still young and 2014 will only be my fourth season as a race driver in Formula One.
“Next year we enter a new era in F1, so it's not clear which team will do the best job. I'm in the same situation as every driver and we won't know how competitive anyone will be until the first couple of races.”
Quizzed about whether he would have considered joining a 'back-marker' team, the German added that it was important to look at 2014 with a clean sheet of paper.
“You cannot take 2013 as a reference because it's a new era and a completely new page,” he said. “So you might say it's hard to know which team will be a back-marker next year.”