Nico Hulkenberg says he's fighting for his opportunity to shine in Formula 1 and feels his Le Mans 24 Hours victory has made his racing CV sparkle.
In an exclusive chat with Crash.net
, the Force India driver says he's been unfazed by the extra attention since winning Le Mans at his first attempt and it also hasn't wavered his focus on achieving glory in Formula 1.
“For sure winning Le Mans is the greatest achievement of my career, no doubt,” Hulkenberg said. “There were incredible feelings and emotions after taking the victory and it is something I will never forget. I think for my reputation and for my CV it reads pretty well, it does no harm, only positives.”
The German has been a consistent top ten finisher over the past three-and-a-half seasons but has never found himself in a F1 car which could regularly challenge for grand prix victories. Hulkenberg made his F1 debut in 2010 for Williams before a year acting as Force India's test driver. The F1 driver returned to a race seat in 2012 before spending a season at Sauber.
The 27-year-old, who claimed titles in GP2, Euro F3 and A1 GP before graduating to F1, has been linked with a move to Ferrari on a number of occasions but is yet to be given a shot with a team challenging for world championships.
Hulkenberg is adamant he's still following his F1 dream and says he won't quit until he reaches the top.
“Racing drivers including myself are generally impatient and you want to move up into the winning car but you have to earn it and I am in that process,” he explained I am a fighter, I'll keep fighting and keep looking for my opportunity.
“I am focused on F1. I feel here I still have some unfinished business that I want to finish and get to the top but the future will tell.”
Despite keeping his focus on Formula 1, Hulkenberg adds he would never turn his back on a return to the WEC and in particular Le Mans.
“Somewhere in the future I could be tempted,” he explained. “I've done Le Mans once now and I think it won't be the first and only time. I would want to do it again. It depends on where my F1 career goes and what opportunities come up or don't. We will see.”