Hulkenberg chasing podium, not promotion

Date published: January 17 2016

Nico Hulkenberg says he wants this year to be his best season in F1, not because he wants a promotion but rather because he's chasing his first podium.

Despite the German's impressive record in the junior series, Hulkenberg has yet to step onto the Formula 1 podium.

Last season his team-mate Sergio Perez achieved the feat with Force India while this year Hulkenberg is hoping he'll add his name to the podium roster.

"Some things will always be beyond your control," he told the official F1 website. "But you have to constantly learn from any mistake – especially your own. This is how you get better, and this is what matters.

"I want to make this my best season in F1: in terms of points and my position at the season's end. And I want to push myself on to the podium – hopefully and finally! (laughs). For that, I will just do what I do best: drive fast and enjoy what I love doing!"

As for talk of a promotion to Ferrari, something he narrowly missed out on when the Scuderia opted instead to sign Kimi Raikkonen, Hulkenberg has reiterated that a leap up the order is not what is important to him.

He explained: "I have extended my contract at Force India and I am eager to deliver the best. For me, it's not just about the rows – there is more to it. Formula One has always been a team sport. It's about the people you work with – and I'm currently very happy with my team."

He added: "As I just said, right now I am very happy where I am. Force India is a cool team. And dreaming is a dangerous thing in F1 – especially dreaming in red. (laughs)"

Pressed on Ferrari's decision to retain Raikkonen for the 2016 season, which yet again blocked Hulkenberg's chances of a promotion, he said: "Kimi is still a big name in Formula One and Ferrari has great people who need to make decisions. I think they know what they are doing."