Nico Hulkenberg has joked Adrian Sutil's era of being the Formula 1 driver with the most race starts without reaching the podium is over as he prepares to take the unwanted title this weekend in Singapore.

The German driver will make his 129th F1 race start at the Singapore Grand Prix and if he fails to score an unlikely maiden podium then he will surpass Sutil to take the outright record of most starts without a rostrum.

Despite being one of the least fancied records in the F1 history book, Hulkenberg has accepted the honour with humour when quizzed by the media on how it will feel if he achieves the feat at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

“I’ve had to wait a long time and work really hard to get to this point to finally get this title off of Adrian and be the recorder holder,” Hulkenberg said. “I do look forward to it.

“The Sutil era will be finished this weekend and the Hulkenberg era will start. I’m very much looking forward to that…”

Hulkenberg, whose last podium of any kind came when he won the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours with Porsche, still sees the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix as his closest shot at a podium in F1 when he led the race for large chunks before crashing into Lewis Hamilton but last year’s Monaco race is also a close contender.

“Probably the last one was last year in Monaco then maybe Brazil 2012 is another that comes to my head straightaway,” he said.