Nico Hulkenberg has remained coy on the renewed rumors linking the 26-year-old to Ferrari next season, amid continued driver market speculation with regards to many of the drivers up and down the grid. However, the German ace is keen to have his future plans confirmed by at least the end of September.
As the Formula 1 paddock reconvenes at Spa-Francorchamps, the major talk within the paddock is the current rumors surrounding who will eventually drive where next season. Initially Kimi Raikkonen was strongly linked to Red Bull, however Daniel Ricciardo has since overtaken the Finn in the race for Mark Webber’s vacancy next season. Although the former World Champion has also been linked with what would be a surprise move back to Ferrari, German newspaper Die Welt has since reported that Nico Hulkenberg could well be in the running to replace Felipe Massa at the Scuderia next season.
Despite such rumors floating around the paddock, Nico Hulkenberg is remaining subdued with regards to his plans for next season. Although the German has confirmed nothing is decided, he is aiming to have his 2014 plans confirmed by the end of September. With rumors floating throughout the paddock in recent weeks that Nico Hulkenberg had not received payment from Sauber due to the teams financial difficulties, the German’s future could well see him move away from the Hinwil-based outfit.
“It’s a good team for sure, one of the top teams and if you get the chance you would probably do it.” Explained Nico Hulkenberg, when queried about a potential switch to Ferrari. “But at this point we are still looking at the options, what we can do, where we can position ourselves. Nothing is decided and I think it will still take a little while. What you want and what actually happens is not always the same, I would like to make a decision when I feel I have made the right choice and feel comfortable with everything. I would ideally like to have it done by September, the end of the September.”
With Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin strongly linked to a drive with Sauber next season, it’s clear that should Nico Hulkenberg change teams for a fourth successive time his vacancy would quickly be filled. However, where the Emmerich-born driver eventually ends up in 2014 is currently an unknown entity.
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