Hülkenberg: I really felt Force India wanted me
4 December 2013 – Nico Hülkenberg believes he will be able to get some 'special results' with Force India next season.
Hülkenberg was officially confirmed by the Silverstone-based outfit on Tuesday afternoon, inking a “multi-year” deal that sees him rejoin the team he previously represented for two seasons - as a reserve driver in 2011 and a race driver in 2012.
Speaking to Sky Sports F1, the German revealed he has been in talks with Force India boss Vijay Mallya since as far back as March and that one of the reasons he signed was because he felt the team really wanted him.
“We were in contact all year long and in Malaysia, after the race, we had a coffee together and we were talking about the season. Obviously at that time, they had the upper hand - they had a very competitive car,” said Hülkenberg, who spent this year with Sauber and who was also linked to the Lotus seat vacated by Kimi Räikkönen.
“But then for me, really, at some point I had to take a decision on my future - not to be left without a seat.
“At Force India, I really felt they wanted me, they were able to answer the questions I wanted and give me the info I needed and was asking. That was different to other people. Therefore I made the decision to come here.
“I have good trust and belief in this team that we can put something together which will allow us to have some special results.”
Pressed on what he means by 'special results' and how competitive the team can be in 2014, he replied: “It's really tough to know, all winter we're going to be answering these questions. We're entering a new era in F1 and therefore it's impossible to tell,” he added.
“What we must make sure now is that we do our homework and that we work really hard on our project, on our car, and that's all we can do to be competitive next year.
"I'm confident we can have a good package though. How good? We'll see next year. We have a Mercedes package which I think is a good benefit.”