Apr.22 (GMM) Nico Hulkenberg is settling in at his new “second home”.
The German headed straight from Bahrain, where he raced with the struggling Force India team, to a test this week at the wheel of Porsche’s Le Mans prototype.
Hulkenberg is splitting his time this year between F1 and a sports car programme, culminating in the races at Spa and fabled Le Mans.
“Maybe this (Porsche) is a new home for the future,” the 27-year-old told Germany’s Sky.
Although highly rated, Hulkenberg’s F1 career has been a stuttering one, as he flicked between tenures at Williams, Sauber and his current Silverstone based employer.
And Force India’s 2015 campaign is not going well, after winter troubles badly delayed development of the new car.
“It is not an easy situation at the moment,” Hulkenberg admitted.
“I think in the next two months – until Austria – not too much should be expected from us.
“At least we have something to work towards, but the reality is that right now we are simply too slow and can’t do very much.”
However, Hulkenberg refuses to just give up on formula one.
“I’m still working on it to try to bring my career forwards,” he said. “My goal to win races and become world champion remains.”
That might require a move away from Force India. So is he already in contact with some rival teams?
“No. At the moment everything is quiet. It’s only April,” said Hulkenberg.