And that's not a surprise at all for F1 drivers who are well aware of the fact that an less experienced driver who has the financial backing could snatch a race cockpit with one of the teams in the paddock.
"In formula one, money rules," Force India race driver Adrian Sutil was quoted as saying by Auto Bild Motorsport.
Manager Willi Weber still hopes to see his client returning to racing in 2012, but applauds Force India's decision to sign Hulkenberg as the third driver.
"Of course I would rather have seen Nico in a racing cockpit, but I'm glad that at least with Force India he has the foot in the door."
And as far as Force India is concerned, Hulkenberg indeed has chances to jump into a race cockpit next year as the contract he has signed with the team isn't limited to the 2011 season that will debut in Bahrain.
"Now it's about him doing a good job as test driver so that in 2012 he is back racing," added Weber, according to the SID news agency.