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Nico Hulkenberg in talks with Force India

ESPNF1 Staff
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Nico Hulkenberg's F1 future remains in the balance © Getty Images

Nico Hulkenberg has admitted he is in talks with Force India about a possible race seat for the 2011 season.

The German found himself surplus to requirements at Williams in favour of the heavily backed Pastor Maldonado despite an impressive rookie season that saw him take pole position at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

With Renault likely to retain Vitaly Petrov, Hulkenberg sees Force India as the most competitive of the teams still to announce its second driver for 2011.

"That's no big secret - Force India is our best shot, but it is also no secret that quite a few drivers are trying to land a seat there," Hulkenberg told the official F1 site. "We are talking to them and let's wait and see what develops."

Hulkenberg comprehensively beat Maldonado en route to the 2009 GP2 title when he was his team-mate. But with Williams losing significant sponsors at the end of 2010, Hulkenberg is well aware that money often outweighs talent in Formula One.

"Of course. There had been signs before that there was something brewing, because the team repeatedly delayed contract talks, putting it off to 'manana'. From the outside it is obviously hard to understand, but there must have been circumstances within the team that required such a step."