Nico Hulkenberg has said he is “extremely hot” to drive for a top team like Red Bull after spending the entirety of his Formula One career battling in the midfield.
The German has competed in three races with Racing Point this season – and impressed many people in the paddock with his strong performances – but he is still without a full-time drive for 2021.
Commenting on the races he has competed in this season, Hulkenberg said his “missions were very short and very concentrated, but I like crazy challenges.”
Continuing, he said: “I’m grateful that I got the chance because otherwise my name would certainly have been said a lot less than it is now.”
When asked by Sport1 if at the start of the season he had expected to be in contention for a Red Bull seat, Hulkenberg replied:
“No, I couldn’t have expected that. So I’m all the more grateful that it went the way it did to get to this moment.
“To get another opportunity like this in the autumn of my career – I’m extremely hot for it. And more generally I also feel how much I miss the competition,” he added.
Hulkenberg also revealed that he has had “various enquiries from other racing series” which he will consider if he misses out on the Red Bull seat to Alex Albon or Sergio Perez.
Earlier this month, a source told Formula1News.co.uk that Red Bull have decided to drop Alex Albon but are yet to decide who will take his seat next year.