Hulkenberg, who has been impressive in his three seasons in Formula One, had been tipped to move to Ferrari next year and the Italian team even had a contract ready for the Sauber driver.
However, Ferrari managed to agree a deal with Raikkonen instead, after president Luca di Montezemolo – who had reportedly initially been against recruiting the Finn – was convinced of the merit of re-hiring Ferrari’s last world champion.
“No, not at all to be honest,” Hulkenberg, who also linked to the Ferrari seat last year, said ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix when asked if he felt any resentment towards Ferrari. “I think the relationship is as good and as positive as before.”
Hulkenberg also denied reports that Ferrari gave him the news that he had not secured the drive via text message.
“I think there’s been maybe some misunderstanding …it has been blown up by some of the media, that story. I read that too but, no, I don’t feel that.”
With the Ferrari seat no longer in play, Hulkenberg’s best chance of moving up the field is to slot into Raikkonen’s vacant seat at Lotus. Several drivers, including Massa, have been linked to what is now the most coveted seat on the grid but Hulkenberg is believed to have the best chance of securing the drive.
The 26-year-old, however, remained guarded on his future: “The priority is to find a good deal and a good car, a competitive car, and a good package.”
“Nothing is finalised. Nothing has been decided at this point. Trying to sort out all the options and then to come up with a good decision for the future.”
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