Hulkenberg has one year to prove himself

Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Force India F1 VJM04 Reserve Driver. Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Suzuka, Japan, Friday 7 October 2011.

Nico Hulkenberg returns to a race cockpit in 2012 this time with Force India

Jan.25 (GMM) Newly promoted Nico Hulkenberg’s race deal with Force India appears to be only for a single season.

The 24-year-old, who sat out the 2011 season on the Silverstone based team’s reserve bench, has told Germany’s Sky Sports News HD that he will be working this season to secure his future.

“My goal is to establish myself in formula one,” said Hulkenberg, whose promising new career was interrupted by Williams at the end of his debut in 2010.

“I want to have a race cockpit again in 2013,” he insisted.

Hulkenberg said he should be ready to face off immediately with his new teammate Paul di Resta, who will begin his second consecutive season with Force India in Melbourne.

“I may have to polish off a little rust,” admitted Hulkenberg, “but I’m relaxed and ready for the season.”