Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg has made his intentions clear for the 2012 season – to establish himself in Formula One after spending a season as the team’s reserve and test driver.
After impressing many during his rookie season with Williams in 2010, Hulkenberg was rather surprisingly dropped in favour of Venezuela’s Pastor Maldonado – in a move that had more than a whiff of financial initiatives about it. Hulkenberg was forced to drop off the starting grid and take the reserve role with Force India, but will now have the chance to prove Williams made a mistake in dropping him. Anyone looking at the online F1 odds will be keeping an eye on his progress.
The German will return to the role as starting driver for Force India in 2012, teaming up with Paul Di Resta as the team look to build on an impressive 2011. Adrian Sutil was the unfortunate driver who was released by the team in favour of Hulkenberg and the 24-year old will now have the pressure on his shoulders to prove the decision was the right one.
Hulkenberg has insisted he is fully focused on cementing his place in Formula One, admitting he has plenty of motivation after last year’s disappointment and frustration at having a limited role with Force India.
“I’m lucky that the year of being a reserve driver is over and now hopefully I’m looking forward to a brighter future.”
“Establishing myself in F1 is the initial goal, not just for one year, but for many more years. And then we’ll see where it goes.”