Nico Hulkenberg says he is not too worried about his future in Formula 1, even though he could lose his seat at Williams next year to a paying driver.
Williams has stalled on finalizing its 2011 lineup, with sources suggesting that the outfit is evaluating the commercial benefits of taking a well-sponsored driver as teammate to Rubens Barrichello. GP2 champion Pastor Maldonado, who has extensive backing from Venezuela, has already been linked with taking Hulkenberg's place for next season.
Williams CEO Adam Parr refused to talk about the driver situation at the Japanese Grand Prix, as he hinted that the matter was totally up in the air.
"I cannot go into that," he said when asked about what was holding up the driver announcement. "We haven't announced it yet and I don't think this is the moment to do that."
Hulkenberg himself, who has made some good progress during his rookie F1 campaign, said his preference was to remain at Williams if it was possible. When asked if he was disturbed by Parr's comments, Hulkenberg said: "Not at all. It is a situation that, if I continue my career, I will probably come across again. I am pretty OK with it. I am doing my job here and confident with what I do, and that is all I can do.
"I want to stay with this team, for sure. I have good hopes in them. I think they can build a competitive car next season, and the situation is nice here. I feel comfortable with the team, the people and my teammate Rubens, and I hope I can continue here."