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GP Week : Issue 194
5 MINUTES continued ... I said I would like to. [Laughs] That is the ideal scenario. Like to, yes. That’s why I avoided using the word deadline... That is what I hope for. See everybody wants to have security rather sooner than later, but sometimes, things take a bit longer and don’t happen overnight and you’ve got to be patient. That’s the game in Formula One. There is still no news, still no decision in terms of my future. Still having contacts and negotiations with a couple of teams so we’re still in the process of sorting it out and hoping to select the right one. And have Lotus said they might be able to get back to you by the end of the month? We’re talking, obviously, and there’s always updates and situations but I can’t really talk about it in too much detail. eric Boullier was saying that he wouldn’t want to commit to a driver unless he got his investment sorted out with Quantum/Infinity, that consortium. so is that one of the major sticking points in the negotiations? Obviously you want the financial surety because this year there were some financial issues at sauber as well. Yes, you do want it. Of course that’s an important point nowadays in Formula One, just for a team to be able to keep the development up, to keep going, to keep being competitive. It is an expensive sport to run if you’ve noticed; it’s no secret. I think for the team, for themselves, for Lotus, I think it is important to find that deal and finalise it and have the security and stability. Because you found yourself in a similar situation at sauber where I think around silverstone the team said they owed you some salary which hadn’t been cleared at that point. And then you’re reading all these stories about Kimi also not being paid. so does that worry you while talking to Lotus in any way? No, I think Kimi has a very different salary to mine. [Laughs] That is the first point, it is a lot larger. You know, I think, it will be a different case. Things change and I’m not super worried about that. I think you have three or four big teams which are financially quite stable. Everybody else is struggling a little bit in terms of finance so it’s difficult. every sunday you turn up, you put in the performance that is expected of you, you’re impressing on the track, doing the job on the track, but for some reason or the other the call from the bigger teams doesn’t seem to come. Is it annoying that some drivers are bringing money with them and that plays a role? Because you’re doing the job on the track. Yeah, yeah, I do. But on the other hand it’s only my third year. I’m still relatively fresh and young in Formula One. And it’s very rarely that someone – only Lewis comes into my mind – comes into Formula One and isrightawayinatopteamandina competitive car. Most of the drivers have to earn their way through and really fight for a top drive and maybe it’s not the time yet but I think my performances show that I would be ready to deliver good things. You have Dekra backing but it’s not as... No, Dekra is just my personal sponsorship, there is no backing, no money to the team. But would you consider going down that route where you start looking for money because you wouldn’t be a pay driver in the traditional sense... Stop. No. No? You wouldn’t be a pay driver in the traditional sense right; you’ve already proven you can do the job... Yeah, but it’s not my mentality. For me the minute where teams expect me to bring money to do what I’m best at and what I’m good at, for me that’s wrong and I don’t want to do that. That’s not the right way. And your options outside of Lotus and sauber? What are the teams you’re in talks with? Force India is one name that has been mentioned. Well only what I can say is there is a couple. I don’t really want to go into too much detail and into names. 5 MINUTES WITH NICO HULKENBERG 19 GPWEEK.com // 19 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: