Hulkenberg Aims for F1 Debut in 2010

German rising star Nicolas Hulkenberg knows exactly what he wants from the season to come. And that is to convince Frank Williams – or any other team principal for that matter – that he deserves a shot in Formula 1 in 2010. Although he has only been testing for the Grove-based team for a year now, the fact that he's managed by Michael Schumacher's former manager Willi Webber should get him in pole position by the end of the 2009 season.

The GP2 rookie – who will be starting in the Main Series next year for ART Grand Prix – was the first driver to test the new Williams FW31 last month, at Algarve. The reigning F3 Euroseries champion admitted his goal for the new season is giving his best in F1's feeder series and challenge for a racing spot in the Great Circle next year.

“I hope they turn to me if a place becomes available. That is absolutely my personal goal,” said Hulkenberg in an interview for Swiss magazine Motorsport Aktuell.

Currently, Hulkenberg sits alone in his position as test driver for Williams F1, but that doesn't necessarily mean he will actually get to test an F1 car throughout the 2009 season. Due to the in-season testing ban imposed by the FIA in December 2008, he will see his testing mileage reduced to zero between late March and early November.

The German driver argued that, despite having his testing days cut to half as compared to 2008, his team already have a clue about his potential as a race driver.

“Last year I drove ten days, this year there will be probably no more than five. But the team already knows from last year how I drive,” concluded the 2007 A1 GP champion.
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