Hulkenberg not fussed about Force India team-mate

By on Thursday, December 5, 2013
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Nico Hulkenberg says he is not fussed about the identity of his team-mate next season.

Hulkenberg will race for Force India in 2014, but the Silverstone based team has yet to announce who will line up alongside the German.

Paul di Resta, who has raced for the team since 2011, is unlikely to be retained, while Adrian Sutil's position with Force India is also in doubt. Outgoing McLaren driver Sergio Perez is the favourite for the vacant seat, but Hulkenberg insists that it is not his decision.

"It doesn't really matter for me, to be honest," he told Sky Sports News.

"I want to have a strong team-mate, one which is challenging me and I can challenge him - because that way we're pushing each other and the team forward. "I know there's a few names around in the press but it's not my decision; it's the shareholders' decision and the team management and I'm sure it won't be long before we know."

Hulkenberg added that he decided to return to Force India as 'they really wanted me'.

"We were in contact all year long and in Malaysia, after the race, we had a coffee together and we were talking about the season. Obviously at that time, they had the upper hand - they had a very competitive car," he said.

"But then for me, really, at some point I had to take a decision on my future - not to be left without a seat. At Force India, I really felt they wanted me, they were able to answer the questions I wanted and give me the info I needed and was asking. That was different to other people."

"Therefore I made the decision to come here. I have good trust and belief in this team that we can put something together which will allow us to have some special results."

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